Yellowknife, NT (November 28, 2022) – The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (WSCC) announces that the average employer assessment rate is remaining at $2.40 per $100 of assessable payroll, unchanged since 2020.
This is the base rate the WSCC uses as a starting point when setting individual subclass rates.
Subclasses are employers who have similar operations and share similar risks. Each employer pays a specific amount based on the group rate for their industry and the size of their payroll.
10 of the 16 subclasses of employers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut demonstrated improvements in their claims costs, while 6 subclasses showed increases in their claims costs. As a result, those 10 subclasses will see rate decreases and 6 will see increases in 2023.
Examples of industries with rate increases for next year include Mining Services, General Construction, and Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and Public Utilities.
Examples of subclass groups with a decrease in rates include Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, and Accommodation, Catering, Food & Beverage Services.
Over the next four years, Subclass 10 (Outdoor Recreation & Tourism) is being combined into Subclass 76, (Accommodation, Catering, Food & Beverage Services) for determining an annual subclass assessment rate, as it became too small to consider on its own. Subclasses must be at sufficient size to reduce potential rate volatility from a small number of injuries.
“Assessment rates are a key element of collective liability, with employers sharing responsibility for current and future costs of workplace injuries,” said Debbie Molloy, WSCC President and CEO. “The safer your company is, the more potential influence you have on your subclass. We encourage all employers to have effective safety programs in place to prevent work-related injuries and incidents.”
These rates come into effect January 1, 2023.
Source: WSCC NWT/NU