Good news for 2,700 community-based organizations across Ontario
Bracebridge, ON – Workplace insurance rate increases will be frozen for all non-profits in Ontario, Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, 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 Miller. “Today we’re proud to be there for them. These organizations are the heart and soul of our communities and we need to do everything we can to make sure they can continue to do their good work.”
Without a freeze, nearly 2,700 non-profits including daycares, legions, charities, women’s shelters, children’s aid societies, foodbanks, hospices, animal shelters, museums and others would have faced increases in their WSIB 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 Labour Minister 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, the approximately 2,700 non-profits that were scheduled to have their rates increased will instead have rates 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.
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.