November 9, 1993 - March 7, 1994
The Yukon workers' compensation system is a "dual award" system. If a worker suffers an injury or illness that arose out of and in the course of their employment, they are entitled to compensation. This includes wage loss benefits if the injury / illness has caused them to miss work, and a lump sum payment if they have experienced a permanent impairment as a result of the injury / illness.
Permanent impairment is a medical concept, and should be understood as a deterioration in the physical and / or mental health status of an individual resulting from anatomical, physiological, chemical or psychiatric abnormalities.
Under the Act, an individual who has suffered a work-related permanent impairment is entitled to a lump sum payment, based on the degree of impairment and the age of the worker.