Workplace insurance rate increases will be frozen for all non-profits in Ontario, Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, announced today.
The move comes after the Ontario government stepped in and worked with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) to halt planned increases.
“Every day, non-profits are there for the people of Ontario,” said Romano. “Today we’re proud to be there for them.”
Without a freeze, nearly 2,700 non-profits including daycares, legions, charities, women’s shelters and others would have faced increases in their workplace safety insurance premiums. In the case of legions, most were facing 300 per cent increases.
“We understand these organizations are run by dedicated people and often operate on shoestring budgets,” said Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton. “We get it. That’s why we asked the WSIB to take this measure. Because it’ll help valuable community-based organizations that serve Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Under a new rate framework announced today, approximately 2,700 non-profits were scheduled to have their rates increased. Their rates will now be frozen for five years.
A further 1,600 will see their rates go down. Those rate decreases will go ahead as planned in January 2020.
“This is great news for non-profits like the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre,” said Ron Sim, General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre. “This halt in the planned WSIB rate increase will help us to keep serving the needy of our community.”
The freeze was announced on the same day the WSIB introduced its new Premium Rate Framework. The change will result in a 17 per cent reduction on the WSIB’s average premium rate.
Approximately three quarters of employers paying WSIB premiums will see a rate decrease under the new system. These costs are falling while benefits to injured workers are maintained and workplace safety continues to improve.