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2022 preliminary premium rates

WorkSafeBC announces that the preliminary average base premium rate for 2022 is proposed to be 1.55 percent of employers' assessable payroll, which has been maintained at the same level since 2018. Our strong financial results have enabled us to keep the average rate flat for 2022.

Together with worker and employer stakeholders, we're working to reduce serious injuries and enhance return-to-work opportunities. In doing this, we can collectively help to prevent injuries, improve return-to-work outcomes, and ultimately lower insurance rates.

Employer services during COVID-19

As we have throughout the pandemic, WorkSafeBC continues to adapt our insurance and other employer services to support you as we progress through BC’s Restart plan. Learn more by visiting our COVID-19 and communicable disease information for employers page.

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Our classification unit, industry, and rate search engine contains information on the premium rates for 2022, as well as information from previous years.

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You can learn more about changes to our classification structure by downloading the 2022 classification unit changes.

How the rates are set

The Workers Compensation Act requires WorkSafeBC to set premium rates annually for employers in order to pay for the workers’ compensation system.

Employers are placed in one of 520 classification units with other similar businesses. These classification units are then placed into one of 51 insurance pools we refer to as rate groups.

Employers in each rate group pay the costs of injuries and diseases that occur to the workers within the group, with the intent that each rate group be self-sufficient with regard to compensation costs. This limits cross-subsidization between industries, maintains relatively stable insurance rates, and limits growth of unfunded liabilities in the rate groups.

Each year, costs in some rate groups go up, some go down and others stay the same. In 2022, 60 percent of employers in B.C. will experience a decrease in their industry base rate, 23 percent will see their industry base rate increase, and 17 percent will see no change.

Examples of industries with rate decreases include: Forest Fire Fighting, Orchards, Framing or Residential Forming, Helicopter Aerial Work, Electric Utilities, Taxi and Ride-hailing Service, Dump Truck Operations, Sawmills, Gas Utilities, House Construction, and Electrical Work.

Examples of industries with rate increases include: Hospitals, Supermarkets, Local Governments, Public Schools, Universities, Libraries, Independent or Private Schools, Short-Term Care, Religious Organizations, Wharf Operations, Law Enforcement, Ambulance Services, Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care, Long-Term Care, Residential Social Service Facilities, and Community Health Support Services.

Example of industries with little to no change to their rates include: Ski Hill, Shake or Shingle Mill, Courier, Gas Bar, Restaurants, Pubs, Law Office, Computer Consulting, and Business Consulting.