Other dependants

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Read excerpts from the WCB’s governing legislation on compensation to other dependants of a worker who has died as a result of a workplace injury.

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Compensation to dependants

Other dependants

86 (1) The board may recognize persons other than a spouse or children as dependants of a deceased worker and may award a payment in recognition of the pecuniary loss that the board may determine.

(2) A payment pursuant to subsection (1) is to continue only so long as, in the opinion of the board, it might reasonably have been expected that, had the worker lived, the worker would have continued to contribute to the support of the dependants.

(3) Compensation payable pursuant to subsection (1) may be made wholly or partly in a lump sum or in any other form that the board, in the circumstances, considers most suitable.


Other relevant sections from The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013:

Compensation to dependants

Compensation and expenses payable on death of worker – Section 80

Surviving dependent spouse – Section 81

If dependants do not live together – Section 82

Certain dependent children 18 to 25 years – Section 83

Adopting parent, etc., of dependent children – Section 84

If there are only dependent children – Section 85

Partial dependency – Section 87

Proof of necessities, etc. – Section 88



Compensation reduced by certain benefits under Canada Pension Plan – Section 95

Other benefits to be taken into account – Section 96

If worker or dependant under legal disability – Section 97

Board may fix periods of payment – Section 98

Suspension of payment – Section 99


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