The McGuinty Government has announced its intention to introduce legislation that would make workers’ compensation coverage mandatory for construction industry workers who are not currently covered, including independent operators.
Under the proposed legislation, construction industry workers who are not currently covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act would have access to such things as financial compensation for lost earnings, coverage for certain health care costs and job retraining services. Currently, such benefits and services are only available to those who have voluntarily registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for optional coverage.
It is estimated that approximately 90,000 individuals in the construction industry are currently not subject to mandatory coverage.
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