Construction Industry To Benefit From New Legislation
McGuinty Government Makes Workers’ Compensation Coverage Mandatory
New legislation passed by the Ontario legislature today will make workers' compensation coverage mandatory for more individuals working in the construction industry.
The legislation will extend benefits and services contained in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to independent operators in construction and some other individuals in the construction industry who are currently not covered.
The Act will fully come into effect no earlier than 2012 - three years following Royal Assent. This three-year period will enable the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to work with construction stakeholders to develop systems to support the proposed changes and to pre-register individuals who will be subject to mandatory coverage when the Act is fully in force.
- The legislation will extend Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 coverage to approximately 90,000 independent operators in the construction industry currently not subject to mandatory coverage when it comes fully into force.
“Under this legislation more individuals in construction will have access to the protection that Workplace Safety and Insurance Act coverage provides. The Act will also help make Ontario’s workplaces safer, and help us fight the underground economy in construction.”