Statutory Accident Benefits (SABS)

By Pace Law | June 17, 2015

What Is The Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS)?

Legislated systems in Ontario seriously limit your ability to sue or recover damages for injuries sustained as a result of a motor vehicle accident. However, this system outlines a list of mandatory benefits.

Simply put, the system consists of the two following parts:

  1. A prescribed set of mandatory benefits (“Statutory Accident Benefits”) that insurers must pay to injured parties, including “at fault” drivers, passengers in vehicles, and injured pedestrians. See the chart below for more information.
  2. A set of conditions and criteria that must be met before you are entitled to receive compensation for specific physical and psychological injuries. This is known legally as a “tort claim.”

Accident Benefits Guide

Filing an insurance claim can be an overwhelming experience. Pace Law Firm has the needed experience in dealing with the formal application for recovering damages and benefits, the required documentation, as well as the supporting materials. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Pace Law Firm as early as possible to protect your rights after an accident. Contact our legal team will help you pursue your best legal path to full financial recovery.

If you or someone you love has been injured, or has been denied their rightful benefits, Contact us today. Be sure to read our accident benefits guide to learn more about your rights.

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For complete details about both tort claims and specific accident benefits, see our Guidebook for Accident Benefits, available as a download. For a brief overview of your Statutory Accident Benefits, please see the chart below.

Income Replacement Benefits (IRB)
You are entitled to 70% of your gross income with a maximum of $400 per week, if you are substantially unable to perform the essential tasks of your occupation or employment during the first 104 weeks. Thereafter, you can continue to receive these benefits as long as you are continuously disabled and prevented from working at any occupation for which you are reasonably qualified by education, training and experience.

Medical & Rehabilitation Benefits
For minor injuries, as defined by regulation, up to $3,500 for minor injuries inclusive of assessment / examination expenses.

For non-minor injuries, up to $50,000, injuries inclusive of assessment/examination expenses.

For catastrophic injuries, up to $1,000,000, inclusive of assessment/examination expenses.

Non-Earner Benefits
Up to $185 a week, if you are not employed and if you suffer a complete inability to carry on a normal life as a result of the injuries from the accident. Non-earner benefits are not payable for the first six months after the accident.

Caregiver Benefits
Not available for basic policies. Available for catastrophic cases only.

Housekeeping & Home Maintenance Benefits
Not available for basic policies.

Available for catastrophic cases only subject to technical interpretations of “incurred expenses” and “ability to perform”.

Attendant Care Benefits (for personal care)
Up to $3,000 a month for a non-catastrophic injury ($36,000 maximum), and up to $6,000 per month for the victim’s lifetime for a catastrophic injury ($1,000,000 maximum)

Lost Educational Expenses
Up to a maximum of $15,000 for students.

Death Benefits
Benefits of $25,000 for the spouse of the victim; $10,000 for each of the victim’s dependents; $10,000 to the person upon whom the victim was dependent; up to $6,000 for funeral expenses.

Travel Expenses
For family members of those living with the accident victim for their visiting costs during treatment or recovery.