Classifications

The WCB classifies employers based on the industry they do business in. This classification helps us in setting rates and determining premiums.

Industry Classifications and Premium Rates

Employers registered with the WCB are assigned to one or more industry classifications based on their primary business activity(s).

 

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Sector 1 – Agriculture and Forestry

Sector 2 – Mines, Quarries and Oil Wells

Sector 3 – Manufacturing

Sector 4 – Construction

Sector 5 – Transportation, Communications and Storage

Sector 6 – Trade

Sector 7 – Service

Sector 8 – Public Administration

Sector 9 - Optional Coverage

 

The cost experience of the industry within which an employer is classified determines the risk category the industry is assigned to.  That risk category then determines the range of premium rates the employers in that classification will pay.
 

 
Employers who require WCB coverage are classified within one or more of the sub-groups in Industry Sectors 1 – 8.  Employers in excluded industries who want to purchase optional coverage are assigned to a sub-group in Sector 9.

 

While the descriptions provide a brief overview of the activities in each classification, they will not include all activities.

Employers are classified according to their primary business activity(s). There may be sub-processes and workers with many different occupations working for one employer, but we don’t examine those for classification purposes. We are interested in determining the primary function of the business (i.e., revenue streams, end products, services provided, etc.).

For example, most companies employ administrative staff, but a separate classification is not provided for these employees. They contribute to the overall, main activity and are included that way.

In most circumstances, an employer is assigned to one industry classification. In very specific circumstances, an employer may qualify for an additional classification. For information on when businesses qualify for multiple classifications, please refer to WCB Policy 35.20.10, Classification of Employers into Sub-Groups and its administrative guidelines.

The rate risk category shown in each description reflects the current year only.  These can change from year to year based on the experience of the employers registered under these classifications.

 

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