Compensation Coverage Now Mandatory for Construction Industry

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The pre-registration pro­visions of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2008 (Bill 119), became effec­tive January 1, 2012.

The remainder of the Act which extends mandatory workers’ compensation cover­age to independent operators and some other individuals carrying on business in con­struction will come into force on January 1, 2013.

The legislation provides a one year period from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 to allow independent operators and some other individuals carrying on business in con­struction to voluntarily pre-register with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) before the require­ments relating to mandatory coverage come into force.

During this one-year pre-reg­istration period premiums will not be charged by the Board because the requirement to pay premiums will not be in force until January 1, 2013, which is also when coverage begins.

For more information on cov­erage you can visit  www.wsib.on.ca/

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