Government Employee's Compensation Act (GECA) disability benefits


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


A Reserve Force member who is injured while on the job or becomes ill because of work as a federal government employee, may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings, medical care and rehabilitation costs, and eligible for other 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 Forces. Compensation amounts vary from province to province.
  • Coverage may include compensation for loss of earnings. It may also include medical, hospital and related services, as well as rehabilitation services.
  • There may be a lump sum payment or pension if a member is permanently disabled, and long-term benefits may extend after release if disability is permanent.
  • 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.
  • COs shall report to HRSDC (Human Resources and Social Development Canada) within three days all service-related injuries to Reserve Force personnel that require medical attention or result in lost time.


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

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