Non-economic loss benefit payments

A person is eligible for a non-economic loss benefits if their work-related injury or illness causes a permanent impairment. When calculating this benefit we review the person’s age, type of permanent impairment, and the degree of impairment. The NEL benefit is intended to compensate the injured worker for any permanent physical, functional, or psychological injury, in addition to lost income.

Non-economic loss benefits are calculated as a percentage corresponding to the impaired portion of the whole body.

Since 2016, the number of people getting a non-economic loss benefit has gone up. This trend is consistent with the increase in new awards and claims where people have lost time from work. 

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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.