WorkSafeNB lowers assessment rate for firefighters

WorkSafeNB is lowering the assessment rate for firefighters in the province.

The 2018 rate will be $515 per active firefighter — a drop of around 25 per cent from the 2017 rate of $690.

The Crown corporation says the new rate is a result of lower than expected claim costs, improved assumptions used to project future claims and better than expected investment returns.

Officials say the drop will affect about 100 municipalities and 70 local service districts that employ full-time and volunteer firefighters.

The rate was $690 per active firefighters from 2015 to 2017.