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WSIB introduces pandemic bonus to double the rebates for small businesses

WSIB introduces pandemic bonus to double the rebates for small businesses
WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD — Jeffery Lang, president and CEO of the WSIB, recently toured Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. construction company SG Cunningham, a Health and Safety Excellence program member and a small business which could potentially benefit from the recently announced pandemic bonus. (From left) Beverley Cunningham, VP, health & safety and communications; Jeffery Lang, WSIB president and CEO; Georgia Cunningham president & CEO; and John Deans VP, construction & business development.

KITCHENER, ONT. — The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has announced a number of new incentives available to members of the WSIB’s Health and Safety Excellence program, including a new pandemic bonus which doubles the rebates for smaller businesses.

Businesses with fewer than 99 employees will be eligible, which in addition to doubling the rebate for topics completed in 2022, includes retroactively doubling the rebate for topics completed since March 2020 for eligible businesses who enroll in new topics this year; and paying an additional $1,000 toward the development of action plans in 2022.

The WSIB’s Health and Safety Excellence program connects Ontario businesses with approved providers in their industry or community who help design a plan based on 36 available health and safety topics, explains a WSIB release. For each topic completed and validated, businesses can earn a rebate on their WSIB premiums. Over $21 million in rebates have been issued to Ontario businesses since 2020.

“We know Ontario businesses work to have the safest workplaces anywhere, but many smaller businesses are still recovering from the pandemic,” said Jeffery Lang, president and CEO of the WSIB, in a statement. “We are stepping up with added incentives to help get more businesses investing in health and safety right now.”

Lang recently toured Kitchener-Waterloo construction company SG Cunningham, a Health and Safety Excellence program member, to see how the program is helping smaller businesses.

“The Health and Safety Excellence program has helped us build out our own program while earning premium rebates,” said Beverley Cunningham, VP Health and Safety and Communications at SG Cunningham. “I think this added incentive will get more businesses like ours into the program which should ultimately mean fewer injuries. That’s the goal.”

For more information on the program visit wsib.ca/healthandsafety

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