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WSIB 2016 Rates
WSIB say 2016 premium rates will not increase

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.

"Our Board of Directors made a decision to keep rates at current levels based on careful actuarial and financial analysis," said Elizabeth Witmer, Chair of the WSIB. "It provides stability for employers as the WSIB reviews its rate setting methodologies in consultation with stakeholders to come up with the fairest and most effective solutions."

With minor exceptions, this is the third consecutive year that employers have not seen an increase in premium rates.

The WSIB say injured workers and employers are making significant improvements in health care, recovery and return-to-work outcomes. They report that:

• 92 per cent of workers returned to work with no wage loss,
• 80 per cent of injured workers in the Work Transition Program successfully found employment.
• The percentage of workers still off the job after one year because of an illness or injury fell by 50 per cent since 2009,
• and the number of work injuries resulting in a chronic or permanent impairment has also dropped by 50 per cent.

The WSIB restated their commitment to working with stakeholders on improving fairness in funding the system. They will make further announcements on the long term outlook for funding and premium rates in the fall of 2015.

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Union Safety Effect ONTARIO - Study examines Union safety effect in Construction Sector.
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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.