Starting in 2022, businesses and organizations in Nunavut and Northwest Territories who are registered with the WSCC can be recognized for making health and safety a core value of their operations. The program aims to promote positive workplace health and safety culture by providing incentives to employers across the north to improve how they manage and prioritize safety.
To qualify as either a Safe Workplace or an Advanced Safe Workplace, an employer must meet six criteria based on legislated requirements under the Workers’ Compensation Acts, Safety Acts and the Mine Health and Safety Acts. Employers will find out their status in the program once they submit their Annual Payroll Report (APR) for 2022, which includes an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) questionnaire.
Stakeholder Engagement: In 2021, we asked employers and partners from across Nunavut and the NWT to tell us what they thought of the Safe Workplace program. Their input has been an essential part of building this new program, and will continue to be in the future. To find out more about the background of the Safe Workplace program, visit the Stakeholder Engagement page.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can become a Safe Workplace?
- How does an employer sign-up?
- What does being a WSCC Safe Workplace mean?
- What is an Advanced Safe Workplace?
- Why don’t I see an organization’s name in the list of Safe Workplaces?
- How will WSCC help employers meet the Safe Workplace criteria?
Any employer in the Nunavut and the Northwest Territories who:
• Is registered with the WSCC.
• Reports assessable payroll.
* An employer’s assessable payroll is the gross salary of each worker up to the Year’s Maximum Insurable Remuneration (YMIR).
Starting in 2022, employers are automatically enrolled and will be assessed to see if they qualify as a Safe Workplace or an Advanced Safe Workplace once they submit their Annual Payroll Report (APR) and complete an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) questionnaire.
Injury prevention starts with meeting legal obligations but managing health and safety in a workplace becomes even more effective when the leaders of an organization commit to safety as a core value. That means making sure that safety is a high priority and ingrained in every aspect of how an organization operates.
Employers that reach Safe Workplace or Advanced Safe Workplace status can use this recognition to share their commitment to safety with their employees, customers, clients and industry peers. Through the Safe Workplace Dashboard, employers can download a Safe Workplace certificate to display at their worksite, and a digital badge for their company's website, email signatures, and contract documents.
Employers who are accredited by a third party OHS program (example: Certificate of Recognition COR or ISO 45001) will be designated as an Advanced Safe Workplace, and be considered leaders in their field for safety.
If employers want to become an Advanced Safe Workplace, check out the Northern Safety Association’s website for information on how to become COR certified in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
You will not see an organization’s name in the list of Safe Workplaces if:
• They do not meet all six program criteria
• They did not give WSCC consent to publish their name on the Safe Workplace employers list.
• The name you are using to search is not recognized by the system.
Other reasons you may not see an employer name in the search:
• The business does not have any employees, only subcontracts other businesses.
• The business does not have payroll to report to the WSCC.
WSCC will support businesses and employers by identifying areas that need to be addressed, and providing information and resources that will help to improve their safety programs.