Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
The Ontario Nurses' Association has obtained information regarding which Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities and community care centres have paid surcharges or have received rebates from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for the last several fiscal years.
We have obtained and are sharing this information because we believe it can help our Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) when making recommendations to address workplace health and safety issues.
Please find below the 2013 WSIB Rebate/Surcharge information for Hospitals, Long-Term Care Homes and Community Care employers.
*NEW* Document Download: WSIB rebates and surcharges for Long-term Care, Hospitals and Community, 2013 (posted January 2015)
The spreadsheet is sorted alphabetically by the following health care rate groups:
851 Homes for Nursing Care
852 Homes for Residential Care
857 Nursing Services
858 Group Homes
861 Treatment Clinics & Specialized Services
To search your employer within the document simply hit Ctrl F and enter the name of your employer. A Positive number /Zero, denotes a surcharge while a negative number denotes rebate.
Depending on the employer’s lost-time injury rate compared to its peers, the employer may receive money back from WSIB, or if comparative performance is poor, will be slapped with a surcharge.
This information may assist you in building a business case for prevention with your employer especially employers who have received surcharges.
If your employer is receiving a rebate this may not necessarily mean they are a safe employer. We are aware of at least two hospitals that were keeping whole, the wages of all its workers on WSIB, to avoid being surcharged. They wrote on the WSIB Form 7’s (employer’s WSIB reporting form) that these were “No lost time” claims, so it appeared they had fewer lost time injuries than their peers, and thus wrongfully achieved rebates.
Therefore if you are aware of unsafe working conditions and injured workers who are off work because of an injury or occupational illness but are not losing wages, you should speak to your Labour Relations Officer to determine if your employer is properly reporting lost time injuries to the WSIB.
The Joint Health and Safety Committee and the Union is entitled to receive all reports of accidents and illnesses within 4 days when a worker is unable to perform usual duties or requires medical attention. Reviewing these reports of accidents and illnesses will help you determine if your employer has a large number of injured or ill workers losing time from work. If they do and your employer is receiving rebates you should question their WSIB reporting practices. Employers who have a really good return to work program and who are bringing injured and ill employees back quickly to full modified duties and hours could legitimately receive these rebates.
But if they are not properly reporting WSIB lost time injuries and illnesses or are discouraging workers from filing WSIB claims please speak to your Labour relations Officer about alerting Special Investigations at the WSIB and possibly filing a grievance.
Document Download: WSIB rebates and surcharges for Long Term Care, 2012
Document Download: WISB rebates and surcharges for Community, 2012
Document Download: WSIB rebates and surcharges for Community, 2011
Document Download: Memo (Sept. 17, 2013) regarding WSIB rebates and surcharges for long-term care and community 2011, 2012
Document Download: Hospital employers WSIB rebates and surcharges, 2012
Document Download: Hospital employers WSIB rebates and surcharges, 2011
Document Download: Memo regarding WSIB rebates and surcharges from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, July 2013
Document Download: How to File a WSIB Claim (posted April 2013)
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