Approach recognizes unique nature of non-profits and their role in serving Ontarians
Elgin-Middlesex-London, September 25, 2019 - Workplace insurance rate increases
will be frozen for all non-profits in Ontario, MPP Jeff Yurek 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 Minister of Labour
Monte McNaughton. "Today we're proud to be there for them."
Without a freeze, nearly 2,700 non-profits including daycares, legions, charities,
women's shelters and others would have faced increases in their workplace safety
insurance 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 Minister 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, approximately 2,700 non-profits were
scheduled to have their rates increased. Their rates will now be frozen for five
A further 1,600 will see their rates go down. Those rate decreases will go ahead
as planned in January 2020.
"Our government is committed to providing more economic opportunities for the people
of Elgin-Middlesex-London," said MPP Yurek. "By freezing Workplace insurance rate
increases for all non-profits, we are helping to ensure that our numerous community
agencies and groups are able to continue their important work for years to come."
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
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.
- Over 4,600 non-profit organizations in Ontario are registered with the Workplace
Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB).
- They include women's shelters, daycares, YMCAs, soup kitchens, art galleries, churches,
addiction recovery centres, theatres, nursery schools, food banks, hospices, retirement
homes, children's aid societies, animal shelters, Legions, museums, rape crisis
centres, and more.
Helping Ontario Non-Profit
Organizations Transition to the WSIB's New Rate Framework
"Non-profits and charities contribute $50 billion to Ontario's economy, creating
jobs and supporting meaningful volunteer opportunities. For non-profit employers
that are registered with WSIB, premiums are a growing cost pressure. ONN appreciates
the Government of Ontario and the WSIB freezing rate increases for non-profit employers,
and recognizing the economic and social impact of non-profits and charities on communities."
- Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Non-Profit Network
"This announcement is positive for a number of YMCAs that work tirelessly to deliver
important services from child care to employment services across the province. We
welcome this change which will help reduce operating costs for charities, including
many regional YMCAs in Ontario." - Medhat Mahdy, President, YMCA Ontario