Construction Industry To Benefit From Stronger Safety Standards

    McGuinty Government To Make Workers' Compensation Coverage Mandatory

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ -


    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


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


    - 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.


    - Benefits and services provided by the Workplace Safety and Insurance
      Board (

    - The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA)
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For further information:

For further information: Susan McConnell, Minister's Office, (416)
326-7710; Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, (416) 326-7405

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