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 is updating 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

Anticipated results/impact

The findings will describe individual and contextual factors to consider in the workers’ compensation process. Factors such as gender, age, level of impairment, transferable skills and labour market conditions may all bear on earnings capacity. This will be of interest to workers’ compensation decision-makers.

Related interviews and articles

Related research summaries

Measuring the adequacy of workers’ compensation benefits in Ontario: An update. Issue Briefing: Institute for Work & Health, March 2016.

Project status


Research team

Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Qing Liao, Institute for Work & Health
Cameron Mustard, Institute for Work & Health
Ron Saunders, Institute for Work & Health

Participating organizations

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Funded by

Canadian Institutes of Health Research