Bill 119 enforces mandatory coverage for all construction workers including office and site staff. This also means that all independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and executive officers in corporations are now required to register with the WSIB. Independent operator status letters NO LONGER APPLY in construction. There are two specific exemptions, refer to the WSIB policy 12-01-06 for specific criteria for exemptions.
The cost of WSIB coverage will vary depending on earnings and business activities. Once coverage is confirmed, contractors and subcontractors will be required to have a WSIB Clearance Certificate with a clearance number confirming they are registered with the WSIB, in good standing. Contractors who have not yet registered with the WSIB, and do construction work without a valid clearance number will face fines of up to $100,000 upon conviction. Those who hire contractors without confirming they have a valid clearance number also face serious fines and penalties.
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