WCB Nova Scotia looks to the future with historically low injury rate, expanded supports (Nov. 29/23)

Halifax, NS - Fewer Nova Scotians are getting injured at work than ever before.

New statistics from WCB Nova Scotia’s most recent community report tabled in the fall sitting show that the rate of workplace injury dropped to an all-time low in the second quarter of 2023, improving to 1.36 per 100 covered workers, down from 1.41 in the first quarter of the year.

“These figures are encouraging and show that efforts across this province to strengthen workplace safety are moving in the right direction,” says WCB CEO Karen Adams – but she adds there is also much to do.

“Workplace injury prevention and supporting workers and employers in safe, healthy returns to work are fundamental to what we do, and so important for all of us.”

The WCB’s financial position continues to improve as well. Strengthening finance results – with 94.5 per cent of the assets needed to pay liabilities owed into the future – are the foundation for continued progress in the system, all grounded in reducing workplace injury’s impact on workers, their families, and employers.

Q2 results demonstrate early progress in a refreshed operational focus at the WCB. The WCB has implemented industry-specific programs that incorporate work into recovery, refreshed learning and onboarding for caseworkers, and has also introduced early intervention for claims to expedite medical assessments.

As well, starting next year, the WCB’s Safety Certified Program will formalize the role of return to work as a part of their accreditation criteria.  

These initiatives will build on the success of the WCB’s return to work measures – the number of days paid for worker benefits declined by almost 20,000 days in the second quarter of 2023 compared to the previous quarter.

Adams says the WCB looks forward to hearing from Nova Scotians during the ongoing review led by Government, and that preparations to serve workers and employers under updated legislation to make gradual onset stress compensable are well underway.

 “This is an optimistic time for the WCB,” says Adams. “We are increasingly financially stable, and we’re making the right changes to serve our province into the future, providing more and better protection from the impact of workplace injury, all driven by the exceptional service workers and employers deserve.”

Q2 and Operational Highlights

  • Nova Scotia’s workplace injury rate dropped to 1.36 per 100 covered workers at the end of 2023’s second quarter. The injury rate was 1.62 in the second quarter a year ago.
  • The average number of time loss days paid per 100 workers decreased from 292 at the end of 2022, to 263 at the end of 2023’s second quarter
  • The funded percentage has improved to 94.5 per cent, compared to 92.9 per cent at December 31, 2022. Under the new accounting standard (IFRS 17) the funded percentage was 92.4 per cent.
  • The WCB’s new Approved Rate Range provides clearer, transparent parameters to employers on when rate changes might be needed, and when benefit changes may be recommended to government
  • See the full Q2 Report to the Community here.


About the WCB

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) is committed to keeping Nova Scotians safe and secure from workplace injury. The WCB provides workplace injury insurance for more than 20,000 employers, representing about 350,000 workers across the province. The WCB sets the standard for workplace injury insurance by informing and inspiring Nova Scotians in the prevention of workplace injury. If an injury occurs, we support those whose lives it touches by championing a timely return to safe and healthy work.

Media Contact

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Caitie Clark
Communications Advisor, WCB Nova Scotia
902-329-0556 | media@wcb.ns.ca