Stronger Safety Standards For Construction Workers

    McGuinty Government Plans To Make Workers' Compensation Coverage

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is planning to introduce legislation that would make workers'
compensation coverage mandatory for individuals working in the construction
industry who are currently not covered.
    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 intent of the Government is that the proposed amendments would come
into effect 3 years following Royal Assent if passed by the Legislature. This
3-year period would enable the WSIB to develop systems to support the proposed
    Individuals would have access to financial compensation for lost
earnings, coverage for certain health care costs, and job retraining services
they are currently not entitled to unless they voluntarily register with the
Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for optional coverage.
    If the proposed amendments are passed, the WSIB would work with
construction stakeholders to develop communication about the proposed
extension of mandatory coverage before the proposed amendments came into


    "Our proposed legislation will contribute to our goal of making Ontario's
workplaces the safest in the world," said Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour.
"More individuals in construction would have access to health and safety
education and training resources."


    -   The proposed legislation would extend WSIA coverage to approximately
        90,000 individuals 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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