WSIB rate increases for non-profit groups
Workplace insurance rate increases will be frozen for all non-profits in Ontario, Sault MPP Ross Romano announced.
The move comes after the Ontario government stepped in and worked with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to halt planned increases.
The freeze allows 2,700 non-profits including daycares, legions, charities and shelters, to save money.
Under the new framework, the 2,800 non-profits will have frozen WSIB rates for five years. A further 1,600 will see their rates decrease in January 2020.
The announcement was made at the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre.
Manager Ron Sim said the move allows the not-for-profit to keep serving the needy in the community.
The freeze was announced on the same day the WSIB introduced its new premium rate framework, resulting in a 17 per cent reduction on WSIB’s average premium rate.
It’s estimated that about three quarters of employers paying WSIB premiums will see a rate decrease under the new system while benefits to injured workers are maintained and workplace safety continues to improve.
Algoma U closes for Thanksgiving
Algoma University facilities and offices in Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
All campuses will reopen on Tuesday as per its standard operating hours.
Fall study week runs from Tues. Oct. 15 through Fri. Oct. 18 with classes resuming on Mon. Oct. 21.
Tapping into the power of music
The Sault Chamber of Commerce will host a day-long event on Oct. 17 to discuss economic, marketing and job opportunities driven by the music industry.
The chamber says a vibrant music economy drives value for cities through job creation, economic growth, tourism development, city brand building and artistic growth. It has also proven to attract other commercial investments along with talented young workers who put a high value on the quality of life, no matter what their profession.
Registration for the event is available at www.ssmcoc.com/events .
Motorists are being warned that there will be daily lane closures on Great Northern Road at the McNabb Street intersection fro three weeks, beginning Tues. Oct. 15.
The closure is necessary to facilitate sewer and watermain reconstruction work.
Motorists are urged to plan alternate routes if possible and to be cautious and obey all detour signs in the area.
Delays are expected.
The Ontario Provincial Police are launching Operation Impact.
The annual road safety campaign aims to make Canada’s roads among the safest in the world.
Police services across the country will focus on increasing awareness and increasing compliance to the country’s impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and failure to wear seat belts laws.
The campaign launches this weekend.
CAPT general meeting
David MacLachlan, executive director of Destination northern Ontario will be the guest speaker at the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains general annual meeting.
The meeting takes place Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Russ Ramsay room at the Civic Centre.