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Saskatchewan 2016 Premium rates drop

Saskatchewan employers will see a WCB premium rate drop in 2016 due to improved safety performance. The Board stated that:

• Improved safety performance records in 45 of 50 industry rate codes will result in lower premium rates in 2016 for 45,683 of Saskatchewan's 47,783 employers.
• This is the lowest proposed average premium rate in 30 years (since 1986)
• the provincial injury rate continues to fall

The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) proposed an 8.2 percent drop to its 2016 average premium rate, from $1.46 to $1.34 per hundred dollars of payroll.

The 2016 rate reduction is the ninth straight drop to the average premium rate and the lowest rate in thirty years. The 2016 rate proposal means that Saskatchewan could have the fourth lowest average premium rate in Canada next year.

WCB's CEO Peter Federko said, "Our rates continue to improve because of decreased injury rates and an increase in return-to-work programs. This ninth straight premium rate reduction demonstrates the direct impact of injury prevention by Saskatchewan employers and workers. Employers and workers are committing to making workplaces safer. It's having a steady positive effect on the injury rate."

Under the WCB Experience Rating program, employers with above-par safety records earn premium discounts; poor performers pay a surcharge.

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Also in this Edition (Winter 2015):

Bill 6 for farms and ranches ALBERTA - New Bill 6 makes WCB Coverage Mandatory for Alberta farms.
Bill 6 makes Worker Compensation Board coverage mandatory for the agricultural sector
Changes to WC act in BC BRITISH COLUMBIA - Changes to the Workers Compensation Act Give WorkSafeBC Enhanced Powers.
Changes to the Act strengthen WorkSafeBC's ability to enforce compliance.
Union Safety Effect ONTARIO - Study examines Union safety effect in Construction Sector.
Unionized firms submit more work-related and less lost-time injury claims
New Brunswick NEW BRUNSWICK - New Toolkit to prevent violence against Nursing Home workers.
A Prevention toolkit for workers who encounter violent behaviour in their job.

Rates 2016

WSIB Policy ONTARIO - WSIB say 2016 premium rates will not increase.
The WSIB announced that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.
Manitoba Policy MANITOBA - Changes to the Manitoba Rate Model in 2016.
The WCB will be introducing changes to its rate setting model in 2016.

Saskatchewan Policy SASKATCHEWAN - Saskatchewan 2016 Premium rates drop.
Employers will see a WCB premium rate drop in 2016 due to improved safety performance.
YUKON - Workers' Compensation Board to pay surplus to Yukon employers
The Board plans to pay out $10 million in cash rebates to employers, in an effort to shrink a hefty $52 million reserve fund.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - P.E.I. Workers Compensation Act change allows creation of safety associations
A bill to amend the act will allow for safety associations.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - WSCC Releases New Code of Practice on Return to Work
The code outlines the key components and steps to develop a return to work program.
MANITOBA - Manitoba Trucking Association, SAFE Work launch safety initiative
In this program, the acronym RPM (generally known as "revolutions per minute"), stands for "Risk. Professionally Managed."
BRITISH COLUMBIA - BC Notable Policy Updates
LMAPR and OHS Citations policy and others.