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Construction Industry To Benefit From Stronger Safety Standards

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Construction Industry To Benefit From Stronger Safety Standards

McGuinty Government To Make Workers’ Compensation Coverage Mandatory

Ontario is today introducing legislation that, if passed, would make workers' compensation coverage mandatory for individuals working in the construction industry.

The proposed legislation would make it mandatory to extend benefits and services contained in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) for independent operators in construction and some other individuals in the construction industry who are currently not covered.

The proposed amendments would fully come into effect no earlier than 2012 - three years following Royal Assent, if passed by the Legislature. This three-year period would enable the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to work with construction stakeholders to develop systems to support the proposed changes.

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  • The proposed legislation would, if passed, extend Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 coverage to approximately 90,000 independent operators in the construction industry currently not subject to mandatory coverage.

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“If passed, this legislation would level the playing field for legitimate construction employers and help fight the underground economy. This legislation would come fully into effect no earlier than 2012 to give those affected by the change time to transition.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Labour

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