Loss-of-earnings benefit payments

Over the past five years, loss-of-earnings benefits were the highest percentage of benefit payments. Loss-of-earnings (LOE) benefits are wage-loss benefits paid to people with allowed claims who have missed time from work on or after January 1, 1998 because of a work-related injury or illness. The number of claims where people have missed time from work and received loss-of-earnings benefits increased from 2019 to 2020.  One reason for the increase is that the number of claims that had not been locked-in also went up.  

A claim is considered locked-in if a claimant continues to receive LOE benefits 72 months after the work-related accident. Once locked-in, benefits continue until the claimant turns 65 years of age. This only applies to claims reviewed under the Bill 99 legislation.

After adjusting for inflation, the loss-of-earnings benefits paid for a single day off work has increased moderately over the last four years.

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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.