Weekly Indemnity Benefits will be paid to each eligible Member or Non-Member who is disabled and unable to work as the result of a non-occupational accident or sickness.
The Weekly Indemnity benefit provides, from the first claim submitted, a maximum of 26 weeks of benefit. Once the 26 week maximum has been reached, either through one claim or a series of shorter claims, the entitlement to benefits thereafter will be limited to a total of 20 weeks. Once the 20 week maximum has been reached, either through one claim or a series of shorter claims, the entitlement to benefits will be limited to a total of 13 weeks. Once a Member or Non-Member has claimed the final 13 weeks (59 weeks in total) he/she is no longer eligible for Weekly Indemnity benefits.
On what basis are the Weekly Indemnity Benefits of $595.00 per week paid?
Claim cheques are mailed to the Member’s home address at the end of each 7-day period on the basis of $85.00 per day up to a maximum of $595 per week (as of January 1, 2021), provided the Member is not eligible for E.I. sick benefits, including Saturdays and Sundays. Benefit payment commences on the 1st day of a non-occupational accident or the 15th day of a sickness. If hospitalized prior to the 15th day of disability, benefits commence on the 1st day of hospitalization, provided the Member is not eligible for E.I. sick benefits during that period.
All substance abuse claims will be paid a maximum WI benefit of 6 weeks, provided they are in a rehabilitation centre and remain there for the full course of treatment.
To learn more about Weekly Indemnity Benefits please refer to this section of the HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN BOOKLET
Weekly Indemnity Claim
You’ve become disabled (through injury or sickness) and are no longer able to work. Use the Weekly Indemnity Benefits Claim form to make your claim for Weekly Indemnity benefits.
Your personal Member information is needed to complete the form. In addition, information such as:
- details of the sickness and/or accident,
- an authorized union signature,
- details of any other disability benefits to which you are entitled, and
- the attending physician’s statement and signature is also required
Please follow the instructions on the form.
- Your claim must be filed within 30 days of becoming disabled.
- Both your union and your doctor must complete their sections of the form before the claim will be considered.
- The Member must sign on both pages of the form.
Questions on completing the form should be directed to the Plan Administrator.
Completed forms should be forwarded to the Plan Administrator.