Government Employee's Compensation Act (GECA) death benefits


The GECA provides compensation for the loss of earnings, medical care and other related benefits to federal employees injured in the course of employment or disabled by reasons of an industrial disease due to the nature of their employment.


As a Reserve Force member, if an accident or illness leads to death, the member's dependants may be entitled to compensation and benefits.


GECA provides coverage through Provincial Workers Compensation Boards (WCB), including the Commission de la santé et sécurité du travail (CSST) in Quebec, for all federal government employees except members of the Regular Force of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Compensation amounts vary from province to province.

The survivors of Reserve Force personnel have the choice of compensation under either Compensation and Benefit Instructions (CBI) 210.72 - Reserve Force - Compensation During a Period of Injury, Disease or Illness (see page 19) or GECA, but not both.


For more details on GECA coverage, refer to the Labour website or call your GECA regional office.

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