Benefit payments by benefit category

The WSIB covers benefits for people after a work-related injury or illness. Benefits are grouped into eight categories as listed in Figure 7.2 below. Benefit payments have seen a decrease of two per cent from 2019 to 2020.

Loss-of-earnings, pensions, and health care continue to be the most common benefits paid. In 2020, these three categories make up over 81 per cent of all benefit payments made to, or on behalf of people with claims (excluding loss-of-retirement income fund expense).

7.2 - Benefit categories by payment year

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Benefit Payments ($ millions) % of Benefit Payments
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Workers' Pension 557.5 535.5 517.4 492.4 478.3 25% 23% 21% 19% 19%
Loss of Earnings 854.1 928.9 990.7 1032 1048.2 38% 39% 40% 41% 42%
Health Care 395.4 454.7 484 551.4 502.8 18% 19% 20% 22% 20%
External Providers 28.5 24.4 28.7 26.5 23 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Non-Economic Loss 40.1 42.9 53.4 56.1 68.9 2% 2% 2% 2% 3%
Future Economic Loss 199.8 185.5 177.7 168.6 150.6 9% 8% 7% 7% 6%
Survivor Benefits 187.4 194.3 209.3 206.8 212.3 8% 8% 9% 8% 9%
Other -10.4 -6.3 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Total 2252.3 2359.8 2461.2 2533.8 2484.1 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

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Data in By the Numbers: 2020 WSIB Statistical Report may not match previously published results. This is due to factors such as data maturity, updated definitions and methodologies, and rounding. Data in By the Numbers is matured three months, with the exception of benefit payments, which represents cash paid during the year, to or on behalf of people injured at work and are not matured three months following year-end. Percentages may not add up due to rounding.