News from our Members

  • WorkSafeBC: Amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in effect December 1, 2021 December 1, 2021 Worksafe BC
    New and revised regulatory requirements are now in effect for combustible and flammable liquids, radiation dose limits, traffic control, concrete pump operators, blasting, arboriculture, and logging load securement.

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  • Recent Amendments to Workers Compensation Act November 30, 2021
    New amendments to the Workers Compensation Act were recently approved in the fall 2021 sitting of the Legislative Assembly that help clarify and modernize the current legislation. Among the recent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and regulation changed to the indexation of compensation benefits, which would increase the amount of benefits paid to workers on long term benefits and survivors of fatally injured workers.
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  • WSCC Announce 2022 Employer Assessment Rates November 25, 2021

    The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (WSCC) has announced that the average employer assessment rate or base rate will remain at the same level as last year.

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  • WorkSafeBC reminding employers to prepare for emergencies, including evacuation and rescue November 16, 2021 Worksafe BC

    Employers must have plans to protect workers from impacts related to severe weather, natural disasters, and other emergencies. In response to another severe weather event yesterday — which caused flooding, evacuations, power outages, and road closures — WorkSafeBC is reminding employers of their obligations to be prepared for emergencies, including planning for evacuation, rescue, and re-entry, when safe to do so.

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  • WSCC Media Release: Public engagement on proposed changes to pension system for workplace injuries November 15, 2021

    The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is seeking public input on a proposal to change how pension benefits are calculated for workplace injuries.

    Under the present system, workers receive lifetime pension benefits if they have a workplace injury that results in a lasting loss of function after medical treatment or rehabilitation efforts are complete. This is known as a permanent medical impairment. The amount each individual receives is calculated soley based on the percentage of impairment they experience as a result of the injury and what they were earning at the time the injury happened.

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  • New Chair Announced for WCB Nova Scotia November 10, 2021

    The Province has appointed Saeed El-Darahali as the new Chair of WCB Nova Scotia.

    Mr. El-Darahali is President and CEO of SimplyCast, a Dartmouth-based technology company. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience and was named one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEOs in 2020 by Atlantic Business Magazine. Mr. El-Darahali is currently Chair of the board of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and a director of EduNova Cooperative Ltd.

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  • WorkplaceNL holds discounted average assessment rate at $1.69 for fourth consecutive year November 2, 2021

    Effective January 1, 2022, WorkplaceNL will hold the average assessment rate paid by employers at $1.69 per $100 of payroll, including a temporary $0.21 average discount.

    Seventy-three percent of employers will have no change or a lower annual assessment rate and 27 per cent of employers will have a higher rate in 2022. This compares to 43 per cent having no change or a lower rate and 57 per cent having a higher rate in 2021.

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  • WCB Saskatchewan announces 2022 preliminary average premium rate October 13, 2021 Continue reading →
  • WCB Nova Scotia shifts to long-term remote workforce model (Oct. 7/21) October 7, 2021

    After more than a year and a half of working in a mix of at-home and on-site scenarios, WCB Nova Scotia will be moving to a hybrid working model for the longer term. When the pandemic forced closure of all public buildings in early 2020, WCB Nova Scotia employees, enabled by technology, quickly and seamlessly moved to deliver service remotely.

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  • WSIB reduces average premium rate by 5.1% in 2022 October 6, 2021

    The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced today during its Annual General Meeting (AGM), that the average premium rate for Ontario businesses will be reduced by 5.1% for 2022, from $1.37 to $1.30. The announcement comes after the WSIB held 2021 premium rates at the same level as the previous year, in an effort to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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