Impotence and Sterility


Permanent disability awards for impotence and sterility are granted in the following circumstances.


Trauma to the genital organs with physical scarring and/or partial or total destruction of these organs is not considered as the basis for a permanent disability award unless it interferes with the worker's ability to carry out normal bodily functions of excretion of urine, or there is a resultant and direct development of impotence.

Impotence may occur in cases of the loss of one or both testes. However, this is a psychological rather than an organic problem and the condition is dealt with as a psychological disability. Entitlement to a permanent disability award is determined in keeping with the policy governing psychological disability.


The loss of both testes automatically causes sterility and an award for permanent disability is granted.

The loss of one testicle pre-disposes a worker to sterility in the event of future injury or disease and a reduced award is granted.


Permanent Disability Rating Schedule For Impotence and Sterility
(Effective April 10, 1978)
Condition Criteria Percentage Award
Sterility Female Considered on an individual basis.  
Male Loss of both testes 10%
Loss of one testicle 2%
Loss of penis and/or partial loss of penis and/or both testes 10%
Sterility due to non-traumatic causes including radiation and exposure to toxic chemical(s) 10%
Impotence Female Considered on an individual basis  
Male Direct trauma to penis resulting in impotence 10%
Loss of penis and/or partial loss resulting in impotence 10%
Residual Physical Impairment Female & Male Residual physical impairment such as urethral stricture requiring ongoing treatment will be assessed on an individual basis.  
Secondary Psychological Disability Female & Male Entitlement for psychological disability secondary to either impotence or sterility is determined in accordance with policies for that condition*.  

* See 15-04-02, Psychotraumatic Disability.

Application date

This policy applies to all accidents occurring before January 2, 1990.

Document History

This document replaces 03-03-10.


Legislative Authority

Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1980
Sections 45(1), 132


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