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Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.
 

2019 shows slight increase in WCB premiums

WCB premium rates for long term care and seniors’ supportive living organizations for 2019 will be set at $1.62 per $100 insurable earnings. This is an increase of 1.25% from last year’s rate of $1.60.  That increase is well below the average increase of aprox 6% for the rest of the rate groups in the Municipal Government, Education and Health Services sector.

The overall average increase of premium rates for all sectors in 2019 is $1.08, up from $1.04 in 2018.

Since 2010, average industry rates have decreased from a level of $1.91 to $1.62 in 2019.  But over the last 5 years rates have been increasing from the $1.46 they were at in 2014.

Did you know that if you are part of the Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) Program, you can reduce your premiums by up to 20%? 

If you have any questions about PIR or any of the programs offered by the Continuing Care Safety Association, please visit the CCSA PIR/COR/Audits webpage.

For more information on 2019 WCB premiums, please visit the WCB website.

The deadline to file your WCB-Alberta Annual Return is Feb. 28, 2019

December 5, 2018
WCB Alberta

Are you an employer with workers? If so, you’re required to fill out an annual return reporting your workers’ assessable earnings paid in the last year along with what earnings you expect to pay in the upcoming year. This is important information to ensure you’re paying the correct premium amount.

The deadline to file your annual return is February 28, 2019. Filing your return online is quick and easy. Built-in calculations, error checking, and simple navigation makes the process easier than ever. All you need is your PIN letter containing your account number and password which will be mailed out starting at the end of December.

Need help filling out your return? Check out the online demo at www.wcb.ab.ca/insurance-and-premiums/annual-returns.html

New office to improve supports for injured workers

November 28, 2018
Alberta Government Announcement

As a result of the workers’ compensation system review, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans established an independent Fair Practices Office to:

  • Help workers and employers navigate the system.
  • Assist and advocate for workers and certain employers through the review and appeals process.
  • Be a place for people to raise concerns.
  • Monitor trends in the workers’ compensation system to ensure that it is working efficiently and effectively.

Read more...

Foreign caregivers want major reforms to improve conditions, streamline residency

November 27, 2018
CBC News - Lucas Powers

A national coalition of advocacy groups wants major reforms to Canada's foreign caregiver program in hopes of improving working conditions and offering a more reliable path to permanent residency. 

A new report published on Sunday features personal stories of hundreds of care workers who have struggled with family separation, difficult, and at times, abusive work environments and a complex bureaucracy. 

Read more about the coalition's requests from CBC...