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 Percentage award
Sterility - female Considered on an individual basis
Sterility - male - loss of both testes 10%
Sterility - male - loss of one testicle 2%
Sterility - male - loss of penis and/or partial loss of penis and/or both testes 10%
Sterility - male - sterility due to non-traumatic causes including radiation and exposure to toxic chemical(s) 10%
Impotence - female Considered on an individual basis
Impotence - male - direct trauma to penis resulting in impotence 10%
Impotence - male - 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 Assessed on an individual basis
Secondary psychological disability - female & male - entitlement for psychological disability secondary to either impotence or sterility Determined in accordance with policies for that condition*

* See 15-04-02, Psychotraumatic Disability.

Application date

This policy applies to all decisions made on or after June 1, 2023, for accidents occurring before January 2, 1990.

Document history

This document replaces 15-04-06 dated October 12, 2004.

This document was previously published as:
03-03-10 dated October 1989.


Legislative authority

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


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