To calculate the lost-time injury rate, we look at the number of allowed lost-time claims and the total number of people employed to show the number of lost-time claims per 100 employees.

Since 2009, the number of people covered by the WSIB for Schedule 1 firms has gone up about 23 per cent while the lost-time injury rates have gone down 21 per cent and no lost-time injury rates have gone down 19 per cent. In 2018, employment covered by WSIB for Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 firms went up three per cent compared to 2017. Similarly, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) on employment in Ontario showed a two per cent increase in employment over the same period.

The lost-time injury rate for 2018 is the highest it has been in the past 6 years.

Allowed claims and injury rates by injury/illness year

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Jurisdictional comparison

Over the past 10 years, injury rates in most of the provinces and territories have gone down. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have had the biggest decreases, and Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have gone up. Ontario currently has the lowest injury rate in Canada, while the WSIB and the other compensation boards across Canada continue improving overall health and safety in the workplace.

Injury frequency by Canadian jurisdiction

Data source for lost-time injury rate by jurisdiction:
Detailed Key Statistical Measures Report on the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) website pulled May 2019.

Data notations:
Data presented in the lost-time injury rate by jurisdiction graph reflect the latest complete year due to the lag in reporting for all Canadian jurisdictions.
The WSIB uses the term lost-time injury rate which is equivalent to the injury frequency statistic that is reported by the WSIB to AWCBC annually.

Differences in population, industry mixes, coverage, and legislation/policy may affect comparability between jurisdictions. These measures use standard definitions as compiled by AWCBC that may differ from individual workplace compensation board reports.
For all footnotes and definitions associated with these statistics above please visit the Detailed Key Statistical Measures Report on the AWCBC website.