Yellowknife, NT (April 8, 2020) – The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) today announced relief measures for employers who are unable to make their WSCC assessment payments as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Effective April 1, 2020, the WSCC has suspended late payment interest charges and further extended the assessment payment deadline to August 1, 2020.
“The purpose of these changes is to give extra time to employers to adjust their payroll estimates for 2020 and to make their payments later in the year without facing any penalties,” said Debbie Molloy, WSCC President and CEO.
“We are urging all employers who do not require an extended deadline to continue with their planned payment schedule. The WSCC will continue to closely monitor the situation and to make decisions that balance the needs of employers during this unprecedented situation with our obligation to sustain the Workers’ Protection Fund for the future.”
The deferral of employer assessment payment means that employers currently registered with the WSCC can move to two equal installments paid in August and October 2020. The financial relief measures do not apply to the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Nunavut which remain on a standard four installment schedule.
All employers with changes to their workforce as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to look at their payroll and submit a revised estimate to the WSCC for their 2020 assessable payroll as soon as possible. Estimated payroll includes payroll for workers, casual labourers, and any contractors you are covering for work taking place in the Northwest Territories and/or Nunavut in the current calendar year.
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Northwest Territories and Nunavut
T: (867) 920-3854