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Policy EL-01 - Loss of Earnings Benefits

Effective Dates

July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2012


Earnings Loss

General Information

When a worker has a loss of earnings because of a work-related injury, the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) pays the worker loss of earnings benefits in accordance with section 22 of the Worker’s Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the “Act”).

Section 22 of the Act provides that a worker’s loss of earnings benefit is based on his/her average weekly earnings at the time the injury occurred. Therefore, a key part of the process is determining what the worker’s earnings were at the time the injury occurred.

Furthermore, a worker may be receiving other disability benefits in addition to those paid by the YWCHSB. Under section 24 of the Act, the YWCHSB subtracts a portion of Canada Pension Pan or Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) disability benefits from a worker’s average weekly earnings. This is to encourage the worker to recover and return to work by ensuring he or she does not receive more income from injury-related benefits than from employment.


This policy provides direction to YWCHSB decision-makers on how to calculate a worker’s loss of earnings benefit rate for workers whose initial short term or long term benefit rate is determined on or after July1, 2008. It includes direction on the subtraction of a portion of CPP/QPP disability benefits for workers who being to receive CPP/QPP disability benefits on or after July 1, 2008.