Over 50 Years of Service Excellence

The National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIBTT) is a body corporate established by Act of Parliament No. 35 of 1971.

The NIBTT takes pride in being a customer oriented and service driven organisation responsible for the operation and administration of the country's National Insurance System (NIS), which provides protection to over 600,000 insured persons against the economic and social distress, caused by loss of earnings arising out of work-related injuries and other contingencies.

We continue to focus on improving efficiency and creating new opportunities for serving our 634,381 customers.

Today we stand proud, adding value to our customers' lives with 23 benefits in 7 categories, fourteen (14) conveniently located Service Centres and a vision for the future.

We continue to make provisions so that your life's journey will be a little easier with each passing year.

Mission/Vision/Core Values


"The Effective Management of National Insurance through Good Governance, Technological Advancements & Empowered Employees, to Ensure Quality Service Delivery"


"To Be an Innovative Provider of Relevant National Insurance"

Core Values

  • Collaboration and Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Resourcefulness and Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Principles of Social Insurance

    There are eight (8) underlying principles of Social Insurance. These principles are the foundation of the National Insurance System.


    All persons who qualify as insured persons are covered under the NI Act without exception.


    No one who qualifies as an insured person is allowed to opt out of the system.

    Pooling of Risk

    The risk and cost are spread out over a large number of persons thereby making the system affordable.


    Social Insurance is portable, following the worker from job to job.

    Wage Stop

    This principle aims to cover a level of earnings that will guarantee a reasonable level of income replacement for the lower middle income earners.

    Loss of Earnings

    Benefits are paid subject to loss of earnings.

    Economic Independence

    Benefits form only a percentage of assumed earnings. Workers must not be provided with an incentive to stay away from the job. For the welfare of the country, all the skills and resources are required on the job to facilitate the task of national development.


    Income is distributed from high wage earners to low earners; from well to the sick; from the employed to the retired; from the living to the dependents of the dead.

    Brief History

    It is appropriate to indicate very briefly the historical sequence of events which led to the proclamation of Act No. 35 of 1971.

    After a series of joint studies undertaken by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Labour Organisation from as early as 1958, a small Unit of Public Servants was set up in the Ministry of Finance in 1966 under the direct supervision of its Parliamentary Secretary, to undertake preparatory work for developing a comprehensive system of Social Security for Trinidad and Tobago.

    Two major developments resulted from the work of the Unit. Firstly, a Division of Pensions and National Insurance was established in the Ministry of Finance in 1968, and secondly, a White Paper on Social Security for Trinidad and Tobago was prepared and circulated for public comment in September 1969. There ensued from the evaluation of public comment, a series of tripartite discussions between Government, representatives of the Business sector and the Labour movement. Following on this, a Tripartite Conference on Social Security was organized to examine in detail the contents of the White Paper and comments associated therewith. Consequent upon the conclusion of the Conference, a new document was published incorporating the combined views of government, Business and Labour.

    The next stage in the development of the National Insurance System related to the drafting of the relevant legislation. This was undertaken in two phases.

    The first step required the enactment of registration laws, which put an obligation on employers to register themselves and also to ensure the registration of workers in their employment. Act No. 42 of 1970 provided for this. In addition, it provided for authorised officers in the service of the Division of Pensions and National Insurance, (which by now had been re-assigned from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Co-operatives) to be empowered to perform certain functions in respect of the registration of employers and employed persons.

    The second step involved the enactment of the principal legislation, provided for the establishment of a National Insurance System, deriving income and paying benefits from compulsory contributions paid by employers and employees. The principal instrument, Act No. 35 of 1971, also made provision for the management of the system, its mode of operations, the proclamation of appointed days for bringing the system into operation and for the introduction of several benefits, and other related matters considered necessary to its efficient and effective functioning. The appointed day for bringing National Insurance on stream was April 10th, 1972.

    It will be readily appreciated that the introduction of a system of such magnitude, directly affecting the lives of a substantial percentage of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, had to be preceded by a vast education campaign. This important pre-legislation phase of development was conducted for a period of almost two years and involved every member of staff. Seminars, lectures, discussions and informal talks were held throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Pamphlets, posters and handbills were extensively used to spread knowledge about the system. The programme was spear-headed by the Public Relations Department which, with a minimum of staff, performed a public education feat of no mean significance.

    More History

    Chairman Mervyn M. De Souza
    Deputy Chairman Leonard Williams Lennox Farrell
    Francis Corbie Thomas A. Cross
    Hercules N. Adams Harvey Lewis
    Louis Blanche-Fraser Denis de Verteuil
    Colin P. D'Arcy Louis Rostant
    Diana Mahabir (Mrs) Gordon Mancini
    Cyril Lopez Nathaniel Crichlow
    Gadraj Singh Carlton Savary
    Elton Peters Ursula Gittens (Mrs)
    Lennox R.H. Paul - Ex Officio
    Executive Director Lennox R.H. Paul
    Controller, Administration Euadne Gordon (Mrs)
    Comptroller, Finance and Accounts Claire B. Idowu (Mrs) (Ag)
    Comptroller, Research And Development Maurice Gobin
    Personnel Manager
    Secretary Janice Chu Him (Ms)