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Adjusting Original Wage – Injuries Before 1980
Document number
POL 03/2015

Effective date: May 1, 2015

Application: Workers under the age of 65 on January 1, 1983, injured prior to January 1, 1980, that qualify for earnings loss entitlement after January 1, 1983 and are under the age of 65.

Policy subject: Benefits - General


To show how to adjust the original wage base of a worker injured before 1980.


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Average weekly wage is determined by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for a calendar year. The average weekly wage is Saskatchewan’s industrial composite wage published by Statistics Canada as of June of the preceding year (Section 2).

Original wage means the worker’s wage at the time of injury.


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Section 76 of The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the “Act”) allows the WCB to adjust a worker’s original wage if the worker:

    1. Suffers an injury before 1980.
    2. Is under age 65 in 1983, and
    3. Receives earnings loss benefits on or after January 1, 1983.


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  1. From the year of injury to 1979, the WCB will increase the original wage by the percentage change in the average weekly wage.
  2. On the date of injury each year after 1979, the WCB will increase the original wage by changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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Legislative Authority

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The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
Sections 2(1)(b), 69(2), 72, 76, 95

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Document History

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(1)    January 1, 2014. References updated in accordance with The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
(2)    POL 24/83, Annual Review of Former Act Workers (effective  to April 30, 2015).

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