The closest similar statistic for Canada is provided by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC). The timeliness standard is expressed as the ‘Average Calendar Days from Injury to First Payment issued’. While not a perfect parallel to the data quoted in the NY Times, Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan report averages between 20 and 23 days for 2007.
WorkSafeBC has a target of 17 days average time from injury to first payment issuance. Its current performance is a little higher than that. Put another way, more than half WorkSafeBC’s cases entitled to wage loss benefits are getting their first payments within 17 days of injury.