WorkSafeBC has released preliminary assessment rates for 2018. For 7,403 general retail stores, the preliminary base rate for 2018 will be 19.5% lower than in 2017; the preliminary rate for 262 home improvement centres drops 20.4%; and, the preliminary rate for 1,054 convenience stores drops 8.0%. There is no change for 281 large retail stores. Meanwhile, there are significant increases for stores selling satellite TV dishes (17.0%) and light industrial equipment (16.9%). Details on 2018 preliminary rates are found here.

In addition, WorkSafeBC is proposing to eliminate quarterly reporting to improve employers’ experiences. Currently 85,000 of 230,000 employers report quarterly. WorkSafeBC’s presentation to the Employers’ Forum is found here.

Next Steps:

Members are asked to provide RCC with any concerns regarding the elimination of quarterly reporting.

RCC will continue to monitor changes both to WorkSafeBC rates and regulations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at 604-730-5254 or [email protected].