Analyzing the adequacy of benefits among workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, 1999-2005
Reasons for the study
A key objective of workers’ compensation programs is to provide adequate compensation for lost earnings to people who experience work-related injury or illness. Whether this is the case was the focus of an earlier study by IWH, which examined the adequacy of workers’ compensation benefits for permanently disabled workers under two programs in Ontario: the pre-1990 program and the program during the period 1990-1997. At the request of Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), an IWH research team updated this earlier research to study benefits adequacy under the workers’ compensation program that came into effect in 1998.
Objectives of the study
- To provide a comprehensive summary of earning losses and earnings replacement rates for a cohort of workers’ compensation beneficiaries who experienced a work injury in the period 1998-2006
Related interviews and articles
- Workers’ comp benefits keep poverty low among permanently impaired workers and their families, study by IWH finds. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 81, Summer 2015.
Related research summaries
- Measuring the adequacy of workers’ compensation benefits in Ontario: An update. Issue Briefing: Institute for Work & Health, March 2016.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Canadian Institutes of Health Research