Employment Injury: Death Benefit

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Be a survivor (widow/widower, child or parent) of a deceased insured contributor, who died as a result of employment injury caused by an accident.Submit claim on form SVB1 Form. Ensure the form is submitted fully completed with the following documents: 1. Birth certificate of all survivors claiming benefit 2. Birth and death certificate of deceased insured person. 3. When spouse is applying, marriage certificate or valid declaration to prove common-law union needs to be presented
WIDOW:- Have the care of deceased insured person’s children or be pregnant for deceased insured person – Be 50 years or over – Be permanently incapable of self-support and was wholly dependent on the deceasedClaim should be made within 13 weeks after date of death of insured person.
WIDOWER- Must be an invalid without any source of income, who was fully dependent on deceased spouseFor late claims, no sum shall be paid for any period more than 26 weeks, from date on which the claim was made.
CHILDREN- Includes biological and step children or adopted children of the deceased insured person. Must be unmarried and under 16 years or 21 years if receiving full-time education
PARENTS- Must be 55 years or over. If the deceased has no widow/ widower or children, parents can claim.

FORM: Click to download form: SVBI Form


Maximum Benefit for all

Survivors is calculated at 60% of Average Insurable Earnings of the deceased insured person in the 4 weeks prior to injury

Widow(er) benefit

stops upon remarriage


If the widow meets all the qualifying conditions, she gets Death Benefit for life, but if the conditions are not met, she gets payments for 52 weeks only


• Widow/widower: 66.67% • Invalid children: 40% • Other children: 25% • Parent: 40%

Minimum Pension

is $47 per week

Benefit for children

(not invalid), continues up to 16 years if not in school, and up to 21 years if receiving full-time education.

The payment starts as

of date of death of insured person, for as long as the survivors continue to meet the qualifying conditions

Maximum Pension

is $192 per week

If maximum benefit

(100%) is exceeded, each share is reduced accordingly