About the program

Why should I join the program?

Our program helps you create a healthier and safer workplace and improve your safety culture, while earning rebates on your WSIB premiums. By participating in the program, you can:

  • Reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses in your workplace
  • Earn recognition in the form of digital badges that you can display on your website, in your email signature and other marketing materials to show employees, customers and investors your commitment to health and safety 
  • And if you’re a smaller business (1-99 full-time employees), you can earn double the rebates on your annual WSIB premiums, plus $1,000 toward your health and safety plan, in 2023!

How does the program work?

There are four parts to the Health and Safety Excellence program:

  1. Join: You choose a WSIB-approved program provider. The provider will help you complete an assessment to determine where you are in your health and safety journey. The provider will then help you develop a health and safety action plan based on different focus areas, known as program topics, such as controlling hazards and emergency preparation. 
  2. Develop: You complete your chosen topics with the help of your provider. From the day your provider approves your health and safety action plan, you have up to 12 months to complete it.
  3. Demonstrate: You submit evidence that you have completed your topics to the WSIB for review by a validator.
  4. Achieve: If the validator determines that you have successfully completed your topics, you can receive a rebate on your WSIB premiums and a recognition badge that you can use on your website, in your email signature and other marketing materials to show people your commitment to workplace health and safety.

How much time does the program take?

The time you spend working on the program depends on how many topics you want to complete and what those topics are. You can choose to complete up to five topics in your health and safety action plan. Topics can generally take between three months to one year to complete. 
    
Your program provider will work with you to choose topics that make sense for your business and help you determine the time and resources you'll need to complete each one.

What is the difference between the WSIB's program and the Ontario government's Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers program?

The Health and Safety Excellence program helps you develop a health and safety action plan based on different focus areas, known as program topics, which are building blocks of a health and safety management system.

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s (MLITSD) Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers program recognizes businesses with a health and safety management system that meets MLITSD accreditation standards. Businesses that are recognized by the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers program and meet additional WSIB eligibility requirements can receive financial incentives from the WSIB. The MLITSD program and associated financial incentives are separate from the Health and Safety Excellence program and its incentives. 

We recommend completing all Health and Safety Excellence program topics before applying for accreditation through the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers program. Businesses cannot participate in the Health and Safety Excellence program once they apply for or achieve this accreditation. 

Learn more about the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers Program and the associated financial incentives from the WSIB.

Joining the program

Who is eligible for the program?

All businesses with an active WSIB account are eligible to participate in the program. 

Schedule 1 businesses can receive rebates on their WSIB premiums for topics they complete; however, Schedule 2 businesses will not receive rebates for completing topics because they do not pay WSIB premiums.

Both Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 businesses are eligible to receive recognition badges that can be used on their website, in email signatures and in other marketing materials to show people their commitment to workplace health and safety.

How do I join the program?

You can start the enrolment process by choosing a WSIB-approved program provider or speaking with one of our program consultants about your unique business needs.

You can join the program at any time throughout the year, but some providers may offer services that run on an annual basis with a specific entry period.

What is a program provider and how do they help?

Providers are health and safety professionals approved by the WSIB to deliver the Health and Safety Excellence program. In order to participate in program and qualify for financial and/or non-financial incentives, you are required to select and register with a WSIB-approved provider.

Your provider will help you develop and implement a health and safety action plan based on different focus areas, known as program topics, such as controlling hazards and emergency preparation. Your provider will help you select topics that are a priority for your business.

Each provider offers services based on the industries and regions they serve and sets their fees based on the types of services they offer.

Choose a WSIB-approved provider today.

Rebates and recognition

Who is eligible for rebates and recognition?

In order to qualify for rebates and recognition, the following criteria must be met:

  • Schedule 1 businesses can receive rebates on their WSIB premiums
  • Schedule 2 businesses cannot receive rebates because they do not pay WSIB premiums
  • Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 businesses:
    • Are eligible to receive recognition badges that can be used on their website, in email signatures and other marketing materials to show people their commitment to workplace health and safety
    • Must submit evidence to show they successfully implemented their health and safety action plan topics and have their evidence verified by a WSIB validator to receive rebates and/or recognition badges 
    • Cannot have any allowed traumatic fatalities from the date their health and safety action plan is approved to the date the rebate and/or recognition is issued. If a business is waiting for a decision about a traumatic fatality claim, they’re not eligible for a rebate until the decision has been made.
    • Must comply with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)

How are rebates calculated?

The amount you receive in rebates from the program depends on how many health and safety topics you complete, how much you paid in WSIB premiums for the previous year and your business’s predictability, which is a measure of how much we can rely on your past claims experience and insurable earnings to predict future outcomes.

Businesses can complete up to five topics in their health and safety action plan and receive at least $1,000 in rebates per completed topic. However, businesses that paid less than $1,000 in premiums the previous year, will receive up to 100 per cent of the cost of those premiums in total, regardless of the number of topics completed.  

The maximum a business can earn is $50,000 per topic, or $250,000 in total if five topics are completed.

Smaller businesses (1-99 full-time employees) can earn double the health and safety rebates, plus $1,000 for their health and safety plan, in 2023. So, if a smaller business is eligible for $1,000 per topic and completes five topics in a year, their $5,000 rebate would double to $10,000. With the additional $1,000 for their health and safety plan, they would earn a total of $11,000!

How can you calculate your estimated rebates?

Understanding your business’s predictability

The amount you receive in rebates from the program depends on how many health and safety topics you complete, how much you paid in WSIB premiums for the previous year and your business’s predictability, which is a measure of how much we can rely on your past claims experience and insurable earnings to predict future outcomes. Some businesses have a low predictability, while others have a high predictability.

Businesses fall into one of two categories of predictability based on their ability to influence their premium rate through their health and safety experience:

  • Businesses with 20 per cent or less predictability can receive two per cent of their total annual WSIB premiums (based on previous calendar year premiums at the time of rebate calculation and subject to the program’s minimum and maximum rebate amounts) per health and safety topic successfully completed and verified by a WSIB validator.
  • Businesses with greater than 20 per cent predictability can receive 1.4 per cent of their total annual WSIB premiums (based on previous calendar year premiums at the time of rebate calculation and subject to the program’s minimum and maximum rebate amounts) per health and safety topic completed and verified by a WSIB validator.

Determining your business’s predictability

To find your business’s predictability per cent, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your online services account.
  2. Select “Analyze Rates and Past Claims Costs with Compass.” This will bring you to your business’s main dashboard.
  3. Double click on the “Premiums” box on your main dashboard.
  4. Click on “2023 rates now available.”
  5. Click on the + sign to expand the section.
  6. Your predictability will appear below “Predominant Class.”
Once you know your business’s predictability, you can

 

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When do I get my rebates?

You are eligible for rebates when you complete all of the topics in your health and safety action plan and have your evidence verified by a WSIB validator. Rebates are paid throughout the year on a quarterly schedule.

Who is eligible for double the health and safety rebate and $1,000 toward their health and safety plan?

Any smaller business registered with the WSIB that meets the following criteria is eligible:

  • Is a Schedule 1 business
  • Has 1-99 full-time employees
  • Is enrolled in the Health and Safety Excellence program
  • Has an approved 2023 health and safety action plan