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Policy EL-01 - Loss of Earnings Benefit

Effective Dates

January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2020


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 Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the "Act").

Section 22 states YWCHSB shall calculate a worker’s loss of earnings benefits based on the worker’s average weekly earnings. A key part of the process is determining the worker’s earnings at the time of the injury.

A worker may be receiving disability benefits in addition to those paid by YWCHSB. Under section 24 of the Act, YWCHSB must subtract a portion of Canada Pension Plan 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/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 benefits.