My business continues to face cost increases and an uphill battle to economic recovery. The government has ways to provide relief to businesses, like rebating $3.4 billion in WorkSafeBC surplus. For a business with 5 employees, a rebate could mean $6,823* to help with the cost of inflation, property taxes, health and safety initiatives, and sick days.

*CFIB calculations from WorkSafeBC, 2021 Annual Report and 2022-2024 Service Plan, May 2022. Rebate may vary depending on premium rates paid by the business.

Here are what BC small businesses are saying:

  • 91% say the BC government is not doing a good job lowering costs for their businesses
  • 88% say the BC government does not understand the cost pressures they are facing when making decisions
  • 85% are finding it difficult to keep up with government costs (such as paid sick days, taxes, premiums, and more)


Dear Anne Naser, WorkSafeBC President and CEO and Jeff Parr, WorkSafeBC Board of Directors Chair

CC: My Member of Parliament

My business continues to face cost pressures from inflation and governments and needs help to survive.

While ICBC has refunded money to citizens to help during stressful times, WorksafeBC has refused to return any of the $3.4 billion dollars in surplus funds to businesses that pay into the system. It’s also insulting and unacceptable that some businesses, like restaurants, are seeing large rate increases while WorkSafeBC sits on a $3.4 billion surplus. WorkSafeBC should not be applying rate increases at this time.

CFIB has been requesting a surplus rebate for over 7 years and delivered over 5,000 petitions signed by businesses like mine to the board of WorkSafeBC.

To help my business survive I need:

  • WorkSafeBC to rebate the $3.4 billion in surplus funds and reduce my rates
  • Implement and legislate mandatory rebate policies