Know how much coverage costs
Your WorkSafeBC insurance premiums provide employers with protection from lawsuits related to worker compensation for work-related injuries and illnesses in B.C.
Support for employers impacted by COVID-19
WorkSafeBC recognizes the challenges faced by employers during the COVID-19 pandemic and is making adjustments to support those who are impacted. These adjustments include:
Deferring quarterly payments: We are deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter. Employers who report payroll and make payments on a quarterly basis can defer their Q1 and Q2 payments without penalty until October 20, 2020. Learn more.
Postponing release of 2021 preliminary rates: We are postponing the release of our 2021 preliminary rates – and the associated rate consultation sessions – from July until this fall. Learn more.
Waiving premiums for furloughed workers: We are also waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay). Learn more.
You can determine your premiums by using the following calculation:
(Industry’s base premium rate +/- your experience rating) x Your assessable payroll = Your total premiums
We describe each of the elements that make up your premiums below.
Your industry's base premium rate
When you register for WorkSafeBC insurance, you are assigned to a classification unit based on the products you produce, the services you provide, and the processes, technology, or materials you use. Every classification unit has a base premium rate that reflects the historical cost of injuries for your industry.
Businesses with similar activities share your classification unit, and you all pay the same base premium rate. This puts you and your competitors on a level playing field.
To learn more about how we classify industries and employers, and the role classification plays in your base premium rate, see the following pages:
Your assessable payroll
To determine your premium, you multiply your firm’s net premium rate by your assessable payroll. Your assessable payroll is the total remuneration you paid your workers and any active shareholders. You report each employee’s remuneration up to the maximum assessable payroll per worker; the maximum assessable payroll changes each year and can be found in the current classification and rate list.
Learn more about how to report payroll and pay premiums.
Your firm's net premium rate
If your claim costs are lower than the average for similar-sized businesses in your rate group, you can earn discounts on your base premium rate — up to 50 percent over time. If you have higher-than-average claim costs, you may face surcharges of up to 100 percent over time. This discount or surcharge is called your experience rating adjustment. It is applied to your base premium rate to create the net premium rate, which is used to calculate your premium.
Learn more about how to reduce your premiums.
Example of how to calculate your premium
We use this formula to calculate your premium: (Industry’s base premium rate +/- your experience rating) x Your assessable payroll = Your total premiums.
So, if you are in a classification unit with a base premium rate of 3.00% and you’ve earned a 10% discount based on your claims history, your net premium rate will be 2.70%. If you have an annual assessable payroll of $100,000, you'll pay $2,700 in insurance premiums.
(3.00 – 10%) x $100,000 = $2,700
That's a savings of $300 due to your experience rating adjustment.