Title: Benefit Adequacy and Equity in Ontario, 1999-2005 (IWH Project 2150)
Category: Compensation, Disability Management and Return to Work
Subcategory: Compensation, Disability Management and Return to Work
The purpose of this study is to describe post-injury earnings and benefits of workers’ compensation beneficiaries in Ontario since the changes in the program that came into effect in 1998. Previous analysis (Tompa et al., 2010) examined the adequacy of benefits in the pre-1990 Ontario program (looking at the post-injury experience of workers with claims made in the years 1986-1989) and in the program that was in place during the period 1990-1997 (looking at claims made in the years 1990-1994). The study will examine earnings losses and earnings replacement rates for long-term and short-term disability claimants who experienced a work injury during the years 1999-2005.
The goal of this project is:
• to provide a comprehensive summary of earning losses and earnings replacement rates for a cohort of workers’ compensation beneficiaries who experience a work injury in the period 1999-2005.
In August 2010, Institute staff briefed senior management of the WSIB on the results of studies examining examined the adequacy of benefits in the pre-1990 Ontario program and in the program that was in place during the period 1990-1997. At this briefing, the President of the WSIB requested that the Institute proceed to update these studies to describe more recent cohorts of beneficiaries. A key knowledge transfer and exchange activity for this study will be frequent consultations with WSIB policymakers and worker representatives to ensure that the analyses undertaken and results obtained are framed appropriately and address relevant issues.
Emile Tompa, Cameron Mustard, Ron Saunders (Institute for Work & Health)
Year Funded: 2010
Funding Agency: Institute for Work & Health (IWH), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
Link to research website: www.iwh.on.ca
Keywords: workers’ compensation, benefits