Personal Activities/Removing Self From Employment


An accident shall be considered to occur in the course of the employment when it happens on the employer's premises as defined, unless at the time of the happening of the accident the worker is performing an act not incidental to the work or employment obligations.


Compensation benefits are not payable to a worker who is voluntarily out of the course of the employment. Such situations may include

  • doing something outside the worker's normal duties, such as transacting personal business, or
  • going places having nothing to do with the worker's employment or doing something not reasonably expected of the worker.

Application date

This policy applies to all decisions made on or after June 1, 1989, for all accidents.

Document History

This document replaces 03-02-06 dated June 1989.


Legislative Authority

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended
Sections 2(1), 13(1)

Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended
Sections 1(1), 4(1)


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