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System Finances


  • Issued: March 2017
  • Content last reviewed: March 2017

In 2015-16, the Ministry of Labour and system partners continued to invest approximately $300 million to support the implementation of the integrated health and safety strategy.

Occupational Health and Safety System Investments ($ millions)

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Transfers to Health and Safety Associations 85.7 81.4 90.3 92.9 91.6 87.8 91.5 93.4 93.1 90.8
Health and Safety Associations Self-generated Revenue 26.0 30.6 29.3 23.7 21.8 21.3 22.4 24.5 24.4 28.0
Enforcement 80.7 88.9 92.3 91.8 92.2 91.9 92.5 95.3 95.6 96.7
Legislation / Regulation Development 1.6 1.8 2.2 2.2 2.5 2.4 2.1 2.3 2.2 2.2
Agencies 12.9 14.2 14.6 14.5 14.8 15.0 15.6 17.0 16.0 15.3
Ministry of Labour Prevention Organization n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.2 5.3 11.9 13.9 14.4
Workplace Health and Safety Services (Formerly Workplace Safety Insurance Board Prevention Division) 14.7 10.1 12.6 16.6 7.4 9.3 6.5 3.7 3.4 3.0
Other Grants 1.4 1.7 2.1 1.8 1.4 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 2.0
Research 8.0 9.0 9.1 8.8 8.1 7.9 7.8 8.9 8.9 9.6
Safe Communities Incentive Program Rebates 0.7 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.0 0.9 1.2 0.9 0.8
Safety Group Program Rebates 20.0 45.2 32.7 32.2 39.0 44.9 43.6 44.4 39.3 39.3
Total 251.7 284.4 286.7 285.8 280.0 283.3 289.7 304.3 299.3 302.1

Sources:

  • Transfers to health and safety associations (HSAs): Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Prevention Program Statistics for 2006 to 2012; Ministry of Labour Transfer Payment Agreements (TPAs) with HSAs for 2012 to 2015.
  • HSAs self-generated revenue: HSAs audited financial statements 2006 to 2015.
  • Enforcement, legislation / regulation development, agencies, Ministry of Labour prevention organization: Government of Ontario IFIS Database 2006 to 2015
  • Other grants: 2006 to 2012 figures are based on Ministry of Labour estimates according to unpublished WSIB financial information. Estimates are based on best available information at the time of preparation of the annual report and are reviewed annually to reflect new information as it becomes available. From 2013 onwards, the figures are based on the TPAs between the ministry and the grant recipients.
  • Research: WSIB – Research Advisory Council Budgeted Spend 2006 to 2013 and Research Grant Expense Costs to the Institute of Work and Health (IWH) 2006 to 2012. Ministry of Labour – TPAs with research funding recipients 2012 to 2013. Cancer Care Ontario TPAs for research funding 2012-2013. Figures were also validated by the IWH and Centres for Research Expertise. From 2013 and onwards, the figures are based on the TPAs between the ministry and the grant recipients.
  • Workplace Health and Safety Services: WSIB Prevention Program Statistics for 2006 to 2015.
  • Small Business Health and Safety Program, Safety Group Program Rebates – WSIB Prevention Program Statistics for 2006 to 2015.

Notes:

  • Transfers to HSAs, other grants and research categories reflect calendar year investments (January 1 – December 31) from 2006 to 2012 and fiscal year investments (April 1 – March 31) for 2013 to 2015.
  • Transfers to HSA from 2006 to 2011 reflect direct funding from the WSIB to the HSAs. The 2012 transfers reflect a combination of funding from the WSIB and the Ministry of Labour to the HSAs as the mandate for HSA funding was transferred to the ministry in April 2012. From 2012 onwards, this funding occurred from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board through the Ministry of Labour.
  • For the year 2013, the audited financial statements for Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services were reported on a calendar year ending December 31st. The other health and safety associations reported on a fiscal year ending March 31st. From 2014-15 onwards, all the health and safety associations reported on a fiscal year ending March 31st.
  • Enforcement, legislation and regulation development, agencies and prevention organization reflect fiscal year investments (April 1 – March 31) from 2006 to 2015.
  • Enforcement: Increase from 2014-15 to 2015-16 is the result of new funding towards the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan. Costs included staff, first time set-up, recruitment, training, outreach, IT impact for legislated changes and lease.
  • Research: Beginning in 2012, research was transferred to the Ministry of Labour from the WSIB. The Ministry of Labour administers funding to Specialized Research Centres and the Research Opportunities Program.
  • Other than legislation and regulation development and health and safety association self-generated revenue, all investments in occupational health and safety are funded by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board through a portion of employer premiums.
  • Agencies include investments associated with the Office of the Worker Adviser, Office of the Employer Adviser and the associated administration.
  • The prevention organization did not exist at the Ministry of Labour prior to 2012. Investment in 2012 was minimal as the organization was being formed.

In 2015, the system invested $47.56 per worker under provincial jurisdiction, nearly identical to the amount invested in 2014. Since 2006 system investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction has increased by $4.87. However, with inflation, the amount invested per worker has decreased nearly each year since 2007.

System Investment Per Worker and as a Percentage of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Premium Revenue

Bar and line graph showing that although system investment per worker remains relatively stable over time, system investment per worker adjusted for rising costs due to inflation falls over time from $45.44 in 2007 to $34.75 in 2015. System investment as a percentage of premium revenue also declines from 8.07% in 2007 to 6.45% in 2015. Refer to table below for complete data.
System Investment
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
System investment as a percentage of premium revenue 7.44% 8.07% 8.04% 8.07% 7.98% 7.31% 7.13% 6.94% 9.70% 6.45%
System investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction $42.69 $47.53 $47.59 $48.86 $47.11 $46.67 $47.40 $48.81 $47.58 $47.56
System investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction, adjusted for rising costs due to inflation $42.69 $45.44 $43.78 $42.41 $40.09 $36.70 $36.27 $37.28 $35.84 $34.75

Sources:

  • 2006-2015 Provincial Economic Accounts Deflator
  • Ministry of Labour calculation based on Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey 2006 to 2015 and Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours tables and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Corporate Reports: 2006 to 2015.

Investments by health and safety associations are drawn from their self-generated revenues and transfer payment funding from the Ministry of Labour.

The chart below states total actual spending by health and safety association. For each health and safety association, the majority of expenditures are directed to training, consulting and clinical services, with some surplus amounts for the year to be reinvested in 2016-17.

Health and Safety Association Expenditures, 2015-16 ($ millions)

Bar graph comparing expenditures of six health and safety associations in 2015-16. WSPS had the highest expenditures at 42.6 million dollars, followed by IHSA at  30.1 million dollars. OHCOW had the lowest at 7.5 million dollars. Bars are segmented to show expenditure type, and the highest expenditure type overall is Training, Consulting and Clinical. Refer to the table below for complete data.
Health and Safety Association Expenditures
  IHSA OHCOW PSHSA WHSC WSN WSPS Total
Training, Consulting and Clinical 22.5 7.5 10.4 11.8 12.8 42.6 115.3
Mine Rescue Program 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.6 0.0 3.6
Products 3.6 0.0 1.8 0.0 0.8 4.0 10.2
Corporate Services 4.0 1.1 1.4 2.2 2.3 9.7 20.7
Capital Investments 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
Total 30.1 7.5 10.4 11.8 12.8 42.6 115.3

IHSA – Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, OHCOW – Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, PSHSA – Public Services Health and Safety Association, WHSC – Workers Health and Safety Centre, WSN – Workplace Safety North, WSPS – Workplace Safety and Prevention Services

Source: Health and Safety Association’s 2015-16 Financial Reports to Ministry of Labour.

Notes:

  • Totals include expenditures from self-generated revenue.
  • Mine Rescue Program is established pursuant to the direction of the Minister of Labour under Section 17 of Mines and Mining Plants, Revised Regulations of Ontario 1990 - Regulation 854 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • In 2015-16, health and safety association actual expenditures were lower than total investments (health and safety association transfers and self-generated revenue).

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