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An Introduction to Other Income Replacement Assistance (OIRA)

Summary: A new term for what was previously called collateral payments for loss of income under the prior legislation, OIRA appears to bring together s.7(1) and (2) of the Old SABS. The only significant change appears to be the addition of “gross”…but does that have an impact?

An Introduction:

The New SABS (O. Reg. 34/10) introduces us to “Other Income Replacement Assistance” (s 4(1)). Commonly referred to as collateral benefits, the new definition highlights that OIRA:

  • Relates to the current accident
  • Is the amount of any gross weekly payment for loss of income that is being received, or that may be available to the person but is not being received as an application has not been made.
  • The following are excluded benefits: the Employment Insurance Act (Canada), payments under a sick leave plan that is available to the person but is not being received, and certain payments under a workers’ compensation law or plan that is not being received by the person

The content of this definition, appears to bring together subsection 7(1) and (2) of the Old SABS.  As a result, the only significant portion of this change appears to be that “net weekly payments for loss of income” has become “gross weekly payment for loss of income”.

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