1 Your Winter Safety Fact-Sheet.

Welcome to our quarterly digest of workers' compensation news across Canada. Before you look through the updates, I would like to quickly introduce you to a winter safety fact-sheet we produce each year for workplaces and common areas. You can download your copy here: Winter Safety (English) | Winter Safety (French).

This update is presented to you by Organizational Solutions Inc., Canada's premier Disability Management and Workers' Compensation Claims Management firm.

2 New Bill 6 makes WCB Coverage Mandatory for Alberta farms

Starting January 1, as a new bill becomes law, Alberta farms and ranches will be subject to occupational health and safety regulations for the first time.

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3 Changes to the Workers' Compensation Act Give WorkSafeBC Enhanced Powers

Recent changes to the Workers' Compensation Act in British Columbia have strengthened WorkSafeBC's ability to enforce occupational health and safety compliance. Read More

4 Study examines Union Safety Effect in Construction Sector

A study by Toronto's Institute for Work & Health (IWH) found that unionized construction firms are more likely to submit work-related injury claims and less likely to submit lost-time injury claims. Read More

5 Rates 2016

ONTARIO - WSIB say 2016 premium rates will not increase

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.

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MANITOBA - Changes to the Manitoba Rate Model in 2016.

Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the WCB will be introducing changes to its rate setting model in 2016.

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New Brunswick Policy

SASKATCHEWAN - Saskatchewan 2016 Premium rates drop

Saskatchewan employers will see a WCB premium rate drop in 2016 due to improved safety performance.

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Nurse Violence Prevention Toolkit

6 New Toolkit to prevent violence against Nursing Home workers

The Nursing Home Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group in New Brunswick has developed a Prevention toolkit for the many workers who encounter violent behaviour carrying out the normal duties of their job.

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Workers' Compensation Board to pay surplus to Yukon employers
The Board also plans to pay out $10 million in cash rebates to employers, in an effort to shrink a hefty $52 million reserve fund.
P.E.I. Workers' Compensation Act change allows creation of safety associations
A bill to amend the act includes a provision to allow for safety associations.
WSCC Releases New Code of Practice on Return to Work
The code outlines the key components and steps to develop a return to work program.
Manitoba Trucking Association, SAFE Work launch safety initiative
In this program, the acronym RPM (generally known as "revolutions per minute"), stands for "Risk. Professionally Managed."
BC Notable Policy Updates
LMAPR and OHS Citations policy and others.


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