Investments - By category

In 2017-18, 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 investments ($ Millions)
Investment category2013(-14)2014(-15)2015(-16)2016(-17)2017(-18)
Transfers to health and safety associations (HSAs)93.493.190.891.9293.61
HSA self-generated revenue24.524.427.928.3728.29
Enforcement95.395.696.796.2103.1
Legislation / regulation development2.32.22.22.52.9
Agencies171615.315.515.5
Ministry of Labour
Prevention Organization
11.913.914.413.312.7
Prevention grants1.71.62.04.03.25
Research8.98.99.68.758.38
Workplace health and safety services3.73.43.03.04.2
Small business health and safety programs rebates1.20.90.80.91.0
Safety group rebates44.439.339.328.829.4
Total304.3299.3302293.2302.3

The following categories are reported on a calendar year (January 1 to December 31):

  • workplace health and safety services
  • small business health and safety programs rebates
  • safety group rebates

The following categories are reported on a fiscal year (April 1 to March 31):

  • transfers to health and safety associations (HSAs)
  • HSA self-generated revenuefootnote 17
  • enforcement
  • legislation and regulation development
  • agencies
  • Ministry of Labour Prevention Organization
  • Prevention grants
  • research

Sources

  • Transfers to Health and Safety Associations (HSAs): Ministry of Labour Transfer Payment Agreements (TPAs) with HSAs 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • HSA self-generated revenue: HSAs audited financial statements 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • Enforcement, Legislation and Regulation Development, Agencies, Ministry of Labour Prevention Organization: Government of Ontario IFIS Database 2013-14 to 2017-18
  • Prevention Grants: TPAs between the ministry and the grant recipients 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • Research: Figures are based on the TPAs between the ministry and the grant recipients 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • Workplace Health and Safety Services: WSIB Prevention Program Statistics for 2013 to 2017.
  • Small Business Health and Safety Program, Safety group Program Rebates: WSIB Prevention Program Statistics for 2013 to 2017.

Notes

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.

HSA self-generated revenue are those generated by the health and safety associations through the sale of occupational health and safety products and services, bank interest income and investments of future benefits funds. These revenues are reinvested into the health and safety system.

Investments - Per worker

In 2017, the system invested $46.15 per worker under provincial jurisdiction. This is $1.20 less than the last 10 years’ average of $47.35. The system investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction adjusted for rising costs due to inflation was $35.63 in 2008 dollars; 12.46% lower than the last 10 years’ average.

System investment per worker and as a percentage of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premium revenue
System investment type2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
System investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction$47.59$48.86$47.11$46.67$47.40$48.81$47.58$47.56$45.72$46.15
System investment as a percentage of premium revenue8.04%8.07%7.98%7.31%7.13%6.94%6.70%6.45%6.03%6.33%
System investment per worker under provincial jurisdiction, adjusted for rising costs due to inflation$47.59$45.79$43.73$40.31$39.80$41.05$38.84$38.04$36.24$35.63

Sources

  • 2008-2017 Provincial Economic Accounts Deflator. Ministry of Labour calculation based on Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey 2008 to 2017 and Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours tables and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Corporate Reports: 2008 to 2017.
  • Investments by health and safety associations are drawn from their self-generated revenues and transfer payment funding from the Ministry of Labour.

HSA expenditures

The chart below states total actual spending by health and safety association. For each health and safety association, most expenditures are directed to training, consulting and clinical services.

Health and safety association expenditures, 2017-18 ($ Millions)
AssociationIHSAOHCOWPSHSAWHSCWSNWSPSTotal
Training14.03n/a3.467.862.4814.9542.77
Consulting7.75n/a3.74n/a2.1011.1724.76
Clinicaln/a5.83n/an/an/an/a5.83
Products2.52n/a1.74n/a1.172.878.30
Mine rescue programn/an/an/an/a5.31n/a5.31
Priority focus3.330.690.731.770.944.8812.34
Corporate services3.731.071.331.932.019.0219.09
Capital investmentsn/a0.15n/an/a1.38n/a1.53

Health and safety associations

  • 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

Sources

Health and Safety Association’s 2017-18 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 2017-18, the total health and safety association actual expenditures were lower than the total investments (Transfers to Health and Safety Associations and HSA Self-Generated Revenue).


Footnotes

  • footnote[17] Back to paragraph For 2013-14 HSA self-generated revenue is a combination of calendar year and fiscal year revenue. Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services were reported on a calendar year. All other health and safety associations reported on a fiscal year.