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Safety Groups Program

Our Safety Groups Program is designed to help you improve health and safety in your workplace by connecting you with one of our sponsors.

Benefits of the program

We know that you want to protect your employees and stop injuries from happening at your workplace. Investing in your health and safety program also makes good business sense and protects you from risk.

How the program works

You can sign up to our Safety Groups Program through one of our approved sponsors. Your sponsor will organize meetings and workshops and guide you in developing your health and safety action plan.

At the beginning of the year, you select five health and safety elements (e.g., hazard recognition and assessment) to target and set goals for each of the elements in your action plan. You learn how to develop and track your goals at safety group meetings. These meetings are also a place to share ideas and pool resources with other businesses in your safety group.

To participate in the Safety Groups Program, you must:

  • be a Schedule 1 firm;
  • be in good standing with the WSIB;
  • be committed to participating for at least one full calendar year;
  • not be a member of the Small Business Health and Safety Programs (formerly SCIP); and
  • participate in only one safety group at a time.

Find a safety group sponsor

To find the right safety group for your business, find your industry/sector from the list below and review the fact sheets to see the services they offer and the region they serve. You can also see the rebates each safety group earned the previous year. If you have further questions about the group or decide that you’re ready to sign up, contact the safety group sponsor directly.

Automotive

  • Employers' Advocacy Council (EAC CVMA) 
  • Employers' Advocacy Council (EAC Magna) 

Construction


  • The Construction Association of Thunder Bay Factsheet (PDF)
  • Grand Valley Construction Association Factsheet (PDF)
  • Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario 
  • Regional Construction Group Factsheet (PDF)
  • Infrastruture Health & Safety Association - Construction/Electrical Factsheet (PDF)
  • SAFECON Factsheet (PDF)

Healthcare / Education / Government

  • Public Services Health & Safety Association Factsheet (PDF)

Manufacturing

  • Canadian Home Furnishing Alliance
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Factsheet (PDF)
  • Employers' Advocacy Council/Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (also listed as multi-sector) Factsheet (PDF)
  • Ontario Printing & Imaging Association Factsheet (PDF)

Multi-sector

  • Dunk & Associates (Leaders in Safety) Factsheet (PDF)
  • Employers' Advocacy Council/Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Factsheet (PDF)
  • Kingston Partners for a Safe Community Factsheet (PDF)
  • Northern Ontario Safety Group Factsheet (PDF)
  • Wellington Medical Safety Group Factsheet (PDF)
  • Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Factsheet (PDF)

Services

  • Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services Factsheet (PDF)
  • Canada East Equipment Dealers Association
  • Retail Council of Canada Factsheet (PDF)
  • Sobey’s - Ontario Division

Transportation


Find a Safety Groups sponsor’s contact details.

Earn a rebate

When you reach the goals set out in your action plan and improve the health and safety performance at your workplace by the end of the year, you can earn a rebate of up to six per cent of your WSIB premium. The rebates you get through our Safety Groups Program are over and above any rebates or surcharges you earn through our Experience Rating Programs.

2016 Safety Groups Program Rebates

Issued in November 2017

Safety Group

Safety Group Rebate ($)

Safety Group Premium ($)

Percentage of Premium Rebate

Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services

298,431.99

26,294,782.15

1.13%

Construction Association of Thunder Bay

61,527.51

1,821,282.35

3.38%

Canada East Equipment Dealers Association

5,424.42

589,612.21

0.92%

Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance

4,292.99

1,281,604.29

0.33%

Employers' Advocacy Council - Canadian Vehicle Manuf. Assoc.

4,213,975.75

105,349,393.85

4.00%

Dunk & Associates - Leaders In Safety

5,043,188.94

92,366,098.05

5.46%

Employers' Advocacy Council / Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

1,466,475.43

32,778,800.66

4.47%

Employers' Advocacy Council - MAGNA

1,656,630.37

37,480,324.81

4.42%

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

363,250.43

40,864,283.52

0.89%

Grand Valley Construction Association

378,231.53

6,622,839.34

5.71%

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association - Transportation

1,523,412.59

61,133,972.66

2.49%

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association – Construction/Electrical

546,389.29

27,315,995.34

2.00%

Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario

958,533.62

19,962,719.70

4.80%

Kingston Partners for a Safe Community

243,077.13

4,217,292.98

5.76%

Northern Ontario Safety Group

1,810,112.55

39,695,451.81

4.56%

Ontario Hospital Association

979,541.68

91,545,952.74

1.07%

Ontario Printing & Imaging Association

7,043.60

3,521,794.21

0.20%

Public Services Health & Safety Association

266,233.39

8,111,420.93

3.28%

Retail Council of Canada

161,240.85

43,578,605.90

0.37%

Regional Construction Safety Group

295,407.82

35,293,548.13

0.84%

SAFECON

175,667.70

35,133,538.42

0.50%

SOBEYS

424,153.11

7,869,260.15

5.39%

Wellington Medical Safety Group

478,212.78

10,350,925.88

4.62%

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

7,405,976.57

144,237,598.25

5.13%

Grand Total

     28,766,432.04

   877,417,098.33

 

Resources

Find out more

For more information, call a Workplace Health and Safety Services Program Administrator at 416-344-5533, (toll-free 1-800-387-0750 ext. 5533); or email safetygroups@wsib.on.ca.

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