Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Safety Matters

Every year on Prince Edward Island, an average of approximately 1725 workers are injured on the job.

Improving health and safety at your workplace can prevent workplace injuries from happening.

You can also control costs by reducing the number of claims and helping injured workers return to work in a safe and timely manner.

Over a period of time, prioritizing safety at work translates into lower costs on the compensation system, which means employers will pay lower premiums.

The WCB offers a variety of programs and services designed to assist you with your investment in workplace safety and to help your workplace operate safely, such as:

Experience Rating Program

Safety is good for business. When employers improve their safety performance, they can reduce claims costs to the workers compensation system, and pay lower rates to WCB.

The Experience Rating Program offers a financial incentive to employers who put safety first. At the same time, the program allows the costs of workers compensation to be shared fairly among Island employers.

With experience rating, your assessment rate is largely determined by your firm's experience as it compares to other employers in your industry.
  • If you are an employer with a history of claims costs higher than your industry’s average, you will pay a surcharge.
  • If you have lower claims costs, you will receive a discount.
All Island employers in non-excluded industries, who have paid assessments over the previous three years, will be experience rated.

A claim can affect your rating for one to three years. The WCB will keep you informed about the costs of claims, and your Cost of Claims report is available through our Online Services.

The best way to protect your workers and reduce costs is to prevent injuries from happening. Developing a Work Disability Prevention Program is a proactive approach to support workers remaining at work while they are recovering from an injury or illness, as well as keeping workers connected to the workplace to help them get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

In the event one of your workers is injured, a Work Disability Prevention Program can also reduce the costs of claims.

More information is available in the Experience Rating Program FAQ or you can contact us.

Workshops and Seminars

The WCB offers free education sessions facilitated by our education consultants. Our Workshops & Seminars cover topics such as:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Programs
  • Safety for Managers and Supervisor
  • Health & Safety Committees
  • And other safety topics, including sessions that may be tailored for your workplace.
Click here to learn more about creating a safer workplace.