A dependent spouse may be paid monthly compensation benefits equal to 90 per cent of the deceased worker’s average net weekly earnings. Learn how the earnings loss benefits are adjusted every year, how they’re divided into two time periods and how to receive your benefits sooner.
As a dependent spouse (either married or common law) of a worker whose death was the result of a work injury, you will receive a monthly allowance. This benefit cannot be transferred upon your death; however, it will continue if you remarry.
Earnings loss benefits are adjusted every year to keep up with the Consumer Price Index and are not affected by benefits you may receive from private life insurance companies.
Earnings loss benefits are divided into two time periods:
In some cases, a worker may have no earnings at the time of death. If this is your situation, you are eligible for minimum compensation.
If you could work but choose not to, the WCB may estimate what you could earn and deduct that amount from the monthly allowance (payable until you reach 65.)
When you receive benefits, you can ask the WCB to either issue a cheque or directly deposit the benefits into your bank account.
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