"When will an Earthquake Happen?"

Public Safety Canada - 'Earthquakes.. What to do' (2010):

"BC is most at risk from a major earthquake.. In the past 100 years, at least nine earthquakes in or near Canada have registered magnitude 7.0. A few have caused extensive damage. Even a magnitude 6.0 earthquake could do extensive damage in a built-up area. In fact, a strong quake near one of Canada's major urban areas would likely be the most destructive natural disaster this country could experience.

Ministry of Justice - Emergency Management BC 'Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Manual:

"Earthquakes are common in BC and more than 1,200 are recorder each year across the province. Most are too small to be felt, but an earthquake capable of causing structural damage is expected to occur somewhere in the province about once every decade. There is a real risk that one of these could be the 'big one'.." and "Earthquakes are an unavoidable natural hazard"

City of Victoria - 2013 Shake-out BC Bulletin:

"Victoria has a one in three (32%) probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It's not a matter of "if" an earthquake will happen, but when.."

Ministry of Justice - Emergency Management BC 'Are you Ready?' (July 2013):

"BC is vulnerable to the largest type of earthquake called a 'subduction' quake.. earthquakes here recur every 550 years on average. The range of recurrence, however, varies from 200 to 900 years. The last subduction quake was January 1700 - 304 years ago"

EPICC - Earthquake Planning Guide (2013):

"Experts believe that British Columbia is not only susceptible to a major earthquake, but that one is long overdue. While the magnitude of such an earthquake cannot be predicted, recent events in California and the Pacific Northwest have heightened awareness of the need for emergency planning, preparedness and risk management before a major earthquake occurs."

Canadian Press, 13 June 2013 "BC due for mega-earthquake along coast":

In a study published Wednesday, the team said the region that stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island down the coast to northern California has experienced 22 major earthquakes over the last 11,000 years, and is due for another.

Natural Resources Canada, "Earthquakes in South-West BC":

Southwestern British Columbia is one of the most seismically active regions in Canada. Approximately 400 earthquakes occur each year in the region extending from the north end of Vancouver Island to Seattle, Washington. About a dozen of these earthquakes are felt by people, but many of the larger earthquakes occur offshore. Earthquakes capable of causing structural damage happen every decade or so.

Vancouver Sun, 16 March 2013 "Monster earthquake would devastate Pacific Northwest":

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, just off the regional coastline, produced a mega-quake in the year 1700. Seismic experts say another monster quake and tsunami could happen at any time.“This earthquake will hit us again,” Kent Yu, an engineer and chairman of the commission, told lawmakers. “It’s just a matter of how soon.” When it hits, the report says, there will be devastation and death from Northern California to BC. Clowes agreed that B.C. will be hit hard, and that we could be due for a major quake.

Canadian Press, 20 January 2014 "Earthquakes amplified in silty Vancouver basin: study":

"Jell-O and cheese seismic effect would threaten bridges in southwestern Metro Vancouver, Researchers have said in the past that the B.C. coast is 'in the risk zone' for a major earthquake. A new study shows that the geology of the Georgia Basin would make it act as an amplifier of seismic activity - making any quake shaking stronger and longer-lasting. (B.C. Ministry of Environment)"

Wikipedia, Cascadia Subduction Zone:

The last known great earthquake in the northwest was the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. Geological evidence indicates that great earthquakes may have occurred at least seven times in the last 3,500 years, suggesting a return time of 300 to 600 years. The next rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is anticipated to be capable of causing widespread destruction throughout the Pacific Northwest. Other similar subduction zones in the world usually have such earthquakes every 100 to 200 years; the longer interval here may indicate unusually large stress buildup and subsequent unusually large earthquake slip. Recent findings concluded the Cascadia subduction zone was more hazardous than previously suggested. The feared next major earthquake has some geologists predicting a 10% to 14% probability that the Cascadia Subduction Zone will produce an event of magnitude 9 or higher in the next 50 years; however, the most recent studies suggest that this risk could be as high as 37% for earthquakes of magnitude 8 or higher.

"What can I do to prepare?"

(excerpts are only relative to buildings and desks.)

Ministry of Justice - Emergency Management BC 'Before, During and After (2013):

"Know the safe spots in each room - under sturdy tables, desks.."

EPICC - Earthquake Planning Guide (2013):

"Have measures been taken to reduce the risk of injury (or even death) of building occupants as a result of an earthquake?
Does your building comply with the latest revisions to building and fire codes and other applicable requirements? Is the workplace in an earthquake-resistant building?
Has a qualified professional inspected all of your offices and other work locations for structural and non-structural earthquake hazards?
Is space beneath desks and tables kept clear and readily accessible for use as a place of refuge during an earthquake?"

"What should I do during the shaking?"

(excerpts are only relative to buildings and desks.)

Public Safety Canada - 'Earthquakes.. What to do' (2010):

"During an earthquake: Drop under heavy furniture such as a.. desk.. Hold on.. If you are at school, get under a desk."

Ministry of Justice - Emergency Management BC 'Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Manual':

"During: Indoors, the safest places are beneath sturdy furniture.."

City of Victoria - 2013 Shake-out BC report:

"Take COVER under a desk.."

Ministry of Justice - Emergency Management BC 'Before, During and After' (2013):

"If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table and hang on.."

"Can our company be liable for injury or death in the event?"

Workers Compensation Act (RSBC 1996) - Section 73:

(1) If
(a) an injury, death or disablement from occupational disease in respect of which compensation is payable occurs to a worker, and
(b) the Board considers that this was due substantially to (ii) the failure of an employer to adopt reasonable means for the prevention of injuries, deaths or occupational diseases, the Board may levy and collect from that employer as a contribution to the accident fund all or part of the amount of the compensation payable in respect of the injury, death or occupational disease, to a maximum of $44,468.66.