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Long-term compensation

Most wage-loss claims don't extend past 10 weeks. For those that do, we adjust our calculations for wage-loss benefits to take into account more information about your personal situation. Our calculator lets you estimate your weekly wage rate. We use similar calculations for vocational rehabilitation benefits and permanent disability awards.

Calculate your weekly wage rate

You can use our weekly wage rate calculator to estimate your long-term wage-loss rate. Your actual rate may be different, due to various factors that affect wage-loss benefits.

How we calculate long-term wage-loss benefits

Your long-term wage-loss rate is generally based on your earnings for the past 12 months. We also take into account your tax situation and probable deductions. We will send you a letter explaining our long-term wage loss rate calculation.


The calculation has four steps:

Step 1:

We generally start with your total gross earnings in the 12 months immediately before your injury. If you're self-employed and carry Personal Optional Protection (POP), we start with this POP amount.

Your gross annual earnings
Your Personal Optional Protection amount
Step 2:

We gather information about your personal situation to estimate how much tax you would pay on the Step 1 amount. To do this, we consider your allowable personal income tax credits and any relevant exemptions. These include tax credits for

  • Basic personal amounts
  • A spouse or eligible dependent(s) (We assume they have no income so you get the maximum credit.)
  • An infirm dependent
  • Your probable CPP contributions and EI premiums

Check your most recent tax assessment from Canada Revenue Agency. It should show your actual amounts for these credits.

Next, we subtract your estimated federal and provincial income taxes from your Step 1 amount. We also subtract your estimated CPP contributions and EI premiums, unless you are exempt or ineligible. None of these are payroll items that we cover or manage for you.

- Federal/provincial taxes
- CPP contributions
- EI premiums
= Your net annual earnings

Step 3:

We calculate your wage-loss rate. For most injured workers, the wage-loss rate is approximately 90 per cent of their net weekly earnings.

X 90%
= Your approximate weekly wage-loss rate

Step 4:

What's left is your net annual earnings. We divide that by 52.14, the exact number of weeks in a year, to get your net weekly earnings.

÷ 52.14 weeks
= Your net annual earnings