What we do
We operate like an insurance company. We protect registered employers from lawsuits when a workplace injury happens and we provide guaranteed benefits and programs to injured workers in industries covered by the Act. Our costs are funded entirely by premiums paid by employers in covered industries. The premiums are based on injury frequency and costs. Any injured worker in an industry covered by the Act can claim benefits and programs. Any employer in an industry covered by the Act must register with the WCB and pay invoiced premiums.
In 2015, we covered over 405,784 Saskatchewan workers and over 43,000 Saskatchewan firms. We:
- Adjudicated 32,577 injury claims.
- Accepted 8,417 claims that kept a worker away from work beyond the day of injury.
- Received $305.7 million in insurance premium.
- Paid out $194.2 million in claims costs.
We see the effects of workplace injuries every day and believe that even one injury is too many. That’s why we are leaders in promoting workplace safety and injury prevention.
- Mission: Zero is our call to action. Workplaces that take up the call join workers and employers across Saskatchewan who have targeted zero injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering.
- WorkSafe Saskatchewan (WSS) is our partnership with the OHS Division at the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Working with OHS, we have developed a joint injury prevention strategy for our province. Since forming WSS in 2002, Saskatchewan’s workplace injury rate has dropped 49.5 per cent, from an all-time high of 4.95 per cent to a 2.07 per cent at the end of 2015.
- We are a founding partner in Safe Saskatchewan, a provincial coalition that intends to reduce the number and impact of unintentional injuries in our province. The Health and Safety Leadership Charter is a core strategy for Safe Saskatchewan. Through the Charter, businesses take up Mission: Zero’s call to action. Over 600 Saskatchewan businesses have signed the Charter since it was first introduced in 2010.