Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (Summer 2022)
Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is doubling rebates for businesses with less than 99 workers who are enrolled in the agency’s Health and Safety Excellence program.
“Ontario businesses work to have the safest workplaces anywhere, many smaller businesses are still recovering from the pandemic,” said WSIB president and CEO Jefferey Lang. “We are stepping up with added incentives to help get more businesses investing in health and safety right now.”
The WSIB program connects Ontario businesses with approved providers in their industry or community to help them create a roadmap to improve workplace safety. In 2019, were That up to 75% of their premium. With this announcement, that has been removed.
For each topic completed invalidated, businesses can earn a rebate on their WSIB premiums. Since 2020, more than 21 million dollars have been issued to Ontario businesses, it said.
The new pandemic bonus for smaller businesses will also retroactively double the rebate for topics completed since March 2024 eligible businesses who enrolled in new topics this year and pay an additional $1000 toward the development of action plans in 2022.
“We are firmly planting our stake in the ground to say we are serious about helping small businesses to develop and implement strong health and safety programs in Ontario,” said Rod Cook, Vice President of workplace health and safety services at the WSIB.
“Any small businesses can earn their entire premium back simply by prioritizing health and safety,” said Lang. “I hope every entrepreneur out there checks out how they can benefit from this program.”
A health and safety program does not have to be expensive. It does get expensive if a company chooses to ignore the WSIB or the Ministry of Labour when setting up their business. The business will not last long under those conditions.
HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Due Diligence’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.
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Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
CEO & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.