Benefit payments by benefit category

The WSIB covers benefits for anyone working for a Schedule 2 business after a work-related injury or illness. These costs are then recovered from those businesses. Benefits are grouped into eight categories as listed in Figure 7.2 below.

Between 2019 and 2020, Schedule 2 benefit payments went up by eight per cent in 2020, mostly due to a 15 per cent increase in loss-of-earnings payments for the same period.

Loss-of-earnings, pensions, and health care continue to be the largest categories of benefits paid. In 2020 these three categories made up 89 per cent of all benefit payments made (excluding the Loss of Retirement Income Fund expense).

7.2 - Benefit categories by payment year

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Benefit Payments ($ millions) % of Benefit Payments
Benefit Category 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Workers' Pension 46.6 47.2 46.5 45.1 43.7 17% 15% 13% 10% 9%
Loss of Earnings 103.6 142.8 185.9 232.9 268.1 39% 46% 50% 53% 56%
Health Care 58.6 70.1 88.3 113.3 114.4 22% 22% 24% 26% 24%
External Providers 1.4 1.3 1.9 3.1 2.7 1% 0% 1% 1% 1%
Non-Economic Loss 6.6 6.5 8.1 8.3 11 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Future Economic Loss 12.8 12.6 11.8 10.7 9.8 5% 4% 3% 2% 2%
Survivor Benefits 37.4 30.9 26 27.3 27.3 14% 10% 7% 6% 6%
Other 1.9 1.5 0 0 0 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Total 269.1 312.9 368.5 440.6 476.8 100% 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.