To calculate the lost-time injury rate, we look at the number of allowed lost-time claims and the total number of people employed to show the number of lost-time claims per 100 employees.

Since 2010, the number of people covered by the WSIB for Schedule 1 firms has increased by approximately 24 per cent while the lost-time injury rate and no lost-time injury rate have both decreased by 15 percent and 14 per cent respectively. In 2019, employment covered by the WSIB for Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 firms increased by 3 per cent compared to 2018. Similarly, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) on employment in Ontario showed a 3 per cent increase in employment over the same period.

The lost-time and no lost-time injury rates for 2019 are both about 2 per cent lower than the rates from 2018, leveling off the increases seen from 2016 to 2018.

Allowed claims and injury rates by injury/illness year

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Jurisdictional comparison

Over the past 10 years, injury rates in most of the provinces and territories have gone down. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Yukon have had the biggest decreases, and Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have increased. Ontario currently has the lowest injury rate in Canada, while the WSIB and the other compensation boards across Canada continue improving overall health and safety in the workplaces across the province.

Injury frequency by Canadian jurisdiction

Data source for lost-time injury rate by jurisdiction:
Detailed Key Statistical Measures Report on the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) website pulled May 2020.

Data notations:
Data presented in the lost-time injury rate by jurisdiction graph reflect the latest complete year due to the lag in reporting for all Canadian jurisdictions.
The WSIB uses the term lost-time injury rate which is equivalent to the injury frequency statistic that is reported by the WSIB to AWCBC annually.

Differences in population, industry mixes, coverage, and legislation/policy may affect comparability between jurisdictions. These measures use standard definitions as compiled by AWCBC that may differ from individual workplace compensation board reports.
For all footnotes and definitions associated with these statistics above please visit the Detailed Key Statistical Measures Report on the AWCBC website.