National Safety Statistics

Workers’ compensation boards across Canada forward their statistics to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), which manages the National Work Injury Statistics Program (NWISP).

Work-related accepted time-loss injury, disease and fatality statistics are derived from administrative records at provincial/territorial workers’ compensation boards and commissions.

The information in these records is submitted to boards and commissions by workers, employers, and/or health care practitioners. To be included in these statistics, injuries/illnesses must be accepted by a workers' compensation board. Excluded information includes:

  • non-reported injuries
  • non-accepted injuries
  • injuries to self-employed work groups
  • details on severity of injury, amount of time lost, or varying rates of disability
  • details on the injury by commodity, activity, or work location

Jurisdictions collect varying health and safety data applicable to the mining industry. The following statistics are available:

  • Aggregated statistics for mining, quarrying and oil wells are available by province/territory for:
  • An annual publication entitled “National Work Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics” is available upon request. It provides accepted time loss injury, disease and fatality statistics for the three most recent years for which the statistics are available.

The publication includes accepted time-loss injuries captured by:

  • Province
  • Gender and province
  • Age group and province
  • Nature of injury and province
  • Part of body and province
  • Source of injury and province
  • Event and province
  • Occupation and province
  • Industry and province
  • Nature of injury and industry division
  • Part of body and industry division
  • Source of injury and industry division
  • Event and industry division

Fatality statistics are shown by:

  • Province
  • Nature of injury and province
  • Part of body and province
  • Source of injury and province
  • Event and province
  • Age group and province
  • Gender and province
  • Occupation and province
  • Industry and province

Further disaggregated injury/disease data from 1982 to 2007 and fatality data from 1993 to 2007 are available upon request.

These statistics can be cross tabulated by year, jurisdiction, industry, occupation, nature and source of injury, part of body, event, age and gender.