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News Brief: Ontario to Reward Safe Employees

Anthea Business Development

In an effort to improve the health and safety of Ontario businesses, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced the Health and Safety Excellence program. The program provides a guide for helping organizations improve their workplace health and safety while earning rebates and recognition along the way. Completing the Health and Safety Excellence program also makes organizations eligible for financial incentives through a new accreditation program.

The Health and Safety Excellence program is designed to be easy for organizations of all sizes to follow and consists of 36 topics. The WSIB hopes that the program will give organizations the incentives and data needed to invest in improvements to health and safety.

“The program provides a guide for helping organizations improve their workplace health and safety while earning rebates and recognition along the way.”

Rebates and Recognition

Organizations that complete the program are eligible for the Ontario government’s new Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers accreditation program. Through this program, Ontario will reward its safest employers with an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety. These financial rewards will be dispersed in the form of WSIB rebates over a three-year period.

According to the WSIB, because businesses will see reductions in their premium rates as their health and safety improves, they will receive either a 2 per cent rebate or a 1.4 per cent rebate per topic based on their ability to impact their WSIB premium rates. Small businesses, however, will be offered a minimum rebate of $1,000 per completed topic.

Additionally, names of recognized employers will be posted on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s website, and will receive recognition badges to use on their website, email signature and advertisements. These badges will also display on the organization’s business profile when people search for safety statistics.

For more information, visit the WSIB website, or contact the experts at Mumby Insurance Brokers, Inc. today!