Benefit Payments by Benefit Category
The WSIB administers the payment of benefits to injured workers of Schedule 2 employers. We recover the cost of these benefits from those Schedule 2 employers. Benefit payments are made during a specific year to or on behalf of injured workers, and are grouped into eight categories found in the table below.
Schedule 2 benefit payments increased by 8 per cent between 2015 and 2016, largely due to a 77 per cent increase in survivor benefit payments for the year. In addition, loss of earnings benefits increased by 13 per cent for the year. As of December 31, 2016 there were 317 claims from Schedule 2 employers allowed under Regulation 113/14, the presumptive legislation for firefighters that came into effect in May 2014. In 2016, 50 cases were allowed for lung cancer. Survivor benefit costs related to the legislation and incurred directly by Schedule 2 employers for 2016 were $16 million compared to $8 million in 2015. Further, presumptive legislation for first responders and post-traumatic stress disorder was passed by the Ontario government on April 5, 2016. Loss of earning expenses related to post-traumatic stress disorder under the new legislation is about $5 million for 2016.
Overall, loss of earnings, workers’ pensions, and health care continue to represent the greatest percentage of benefits paid to injured workers. In 2016 these three benefit categories contributed to 78 per cent of all benefit payments made to or on behalf of injured workers (excluding the Loss of Retirement Income Fund expense).
Benefit Categories by Payment Year
For additional information, please see our Corporate Reports on the WSIB website: http://www.wsib.on.ca