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Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5))
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PRO 09/2020

Effective date: January 1, 2020

Approved date: November 19, 2019

Application: All claims occurring on or after January 1, 1980 for workers receiving compensation for at least 24 consecutive months.

Policy subject: Benefits - General

Purpose:

To set the minimum average weekly earnings for workers who receive benefits for at least 24 consecutive months.

DEFINITION

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Average weekly wage means the average weekly wage of the industrial composite for Saskatchewan as determined by the Board for a year form information published by Statistics Canada (Section 2).

BACKGROUND

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  1. Each year the WCB reviews the minimum average earnings of a worker injured on or after January 1, 1980 (Section 70(5)).
  2. Starting January 1, 1983, minimum average weekly earnings are not to be less than two-thirds of the average weekly wage as of June the year before the benefit review for any worker who is:
    1. Injured on or after January 1, 1980, and
    2. Is in receipt of benefits for at least 24 consecutive months.
  3. It is the Board’s intent that if the average weekly wage for the current year is less than the average weekly wage for the previous year, there will be no adjustment.
  4. The provincial average weekly wage as of June 2020 was $1,108.90.

PROCEDURE

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Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum average weekly earnings for any worker who is:

  1. Injured on or after January 1, 1980, and
  2. Is in receipt of benefits for a period of at least 24 consecutive months, will not be less than $739.27.

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Legislative Authority

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The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 Sections 2(1)(b), 70(5)

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Document History

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(1)    PRO 51/2018, Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2019 (effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)
(2)    PRO 55/2017, Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2018 (effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).
(3)    PRO 58/2016, Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2017 (effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017).
(4)    PRO 58/2016, Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2017 (effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017).
(5)    PRO 56/2014, Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2015 (effective January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015).
 

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