July 6, 2021
By Rod Cook
Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services, WSIB

The list of things that make me happy is a long one: a walk with my wife and our girls, the sound of a distant lawnmower on a warm afternoon… it goes on. This summer though, I have a new item to add to that list: on June 2, the WSIB released the largest quarterly rebate payout since the launch of our Health and Safety Excellence program.

$3.2 million in rebates was earned by over 200 businesses this quarter — we’ve paid out a total of $6.2 million in rebates since we started the program in the fall of 2019. And we want to help people earn even more.

The road to workplace safety

It’s not just the rebates and giving money back to Ontario businesses that makes me happy, though. It’s the knowledge that people are taking the time and making the effort to improve workplace safety. It’s understanding that the people who are employees and customers of those businesses are that much safer. And it’s the opportunity those businesses across Ontario have to reinvest their rebates into making workplaces safer.

How we can get you there

When you join our program, dedicated health and safety providers will help you identify gaps in your workplace safety plan and safety culture, and then work with you to figure out which program topics will help you fill those gaps.
You’ll have almost a full year to learn about a topic and figure out how to incorporate it into your business’s everyday operations. For example, if you haven’t had a chance to create a way to identify, categorize and manage hazards in your workplace, our program can help as you build a process and tools that address the specific needs of your business.

Once you’ve completed your health and safety topic, you’ll simply show us the work you’ve done to make your business healthier and safer, and then you’ll start earning your WSIB premium rebate.

Making Ontario safer

I feel happy and privileged to be part of the Health and Safety Excellence program team. I get to see how the program helps businesses make meaningful changes to their safety systems — something that makes me so proud.
From construction companies, to bakeries, to landscapers, our members include businesses of all sizes and across all industries with one common goal — to keep their team safe and save money while doing it.

To learn more about the Health and Safety Excellence program and to join the businesses keeping people safe while saving money, sign up for an info session or email healthandsafetyexcellence@wsib.on.ca.

Apply now for the WSIB’s Small Business Health and Safety Leaderships Awards!

This year, the WSIB is recognizing all of the efforts made by small businesses to keep improving workplace safety — whether it’s small steps or big changes.  

The top three businesses will receive a cash prize: $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), $2,000 (bronze), and be recognized at a WSIB awards ceremony in November. The gold winner will also be featured in a promotional video on our website and across our social channels.

Head to wsib.ca/small-business-health-and-safety-leadership-awards to apply! The application period closes soon.