Nova Scotia restaurants to see minor decrease in WCB assessment rates

Published September 14, 2018

Employers received their 2019 assessment rates from the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia last week. While rates for the accommodation, food and beverage sector as a whole are increasing by 1.5 per cent, the 2019 rate for licensed and unlicensed restaurants is decreasing slightly, to $1.58. The average assessment rate remained steady for the 15th straight year at $2.65, with rates decreasing or staying the same for 56 per cent of workplaces. Meanwhile, 44 per cent will see an increase.

The rate package also includes information about service improvements that the WCB is making next year as part of its ongoing modernization. Some of the planned changes include a new MyAccount employer portal, which will offer more convenient online services, such as the ability to do payroll and account updates, activate payment reminders, and submit notices of appeal online. The WCB will be moving away from paper-based processes, including the acceptance of cash and post-dated cheques as methods of payment. Cash will still be accepted until the end of 2018. Post-dated cheques for payment dates in 2019 will not be accepted.

Click here to visit the WCB website for more information, and to find out what these changes will mean for you.

Luc Erjavec, Restuarants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, sits as an Employer Representative on the WCB Board of Directors. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach him at


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