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

Since 2008, the number of people covered by the WSIB for Schedule 1 firms has increased by approximately 15 per cent while the lost-time and no lost-time injury rates have declined by about 37 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively.

In 2017, covered employment for Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 firms increased by two per cent compared to 2016. Similarly, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) on employment in Ontario showed a two per cent increase in employment over the same period.  

While the lost-time injury rate for 2017 is at one of its lowest points, over the past 10 years, there is an upward trend evident from 2015 to 2017.

Allowed claims and injury rates by injury/illness year

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Jurisdictional comparison

Over the past 10 years, injury rates among most the provinces and territories have declined, with Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba seeing the largest decreases and Prince Edward Island increasing. The WSIB and workplace compensation boards across Canada continue working to improve 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 2017.

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.