Today MPP Jim McDonell and other members of the PC Caucus welcomed hundreds of contractors and construction industry employees protesting the implementation of Bill 119. The Bill mandates that construction companies insure with the WSIB despite having long-standing relationships with private insurers. MPP Jim McDonell states: “Their slogan – Enough is Enough – shows their frustration with the policies of this Government. I stand with them as they call for real change to get small businesses growing and hiring people in Ontario. They are part of the solution to a stronger and successful Ontario.”
To learn more about these changes in the law please continue reading.
According to the WISB: The Ontario government has changed the law to expand coverage in the construction sector. The new rules began on January 1, 2013. WSIB coverage is mandatory for the following people who carry on a business in construction:
- independent operators,
- sole proprietors,
- partners in partnerships and
- executive officers in corporations.
The Government of Ontario changed the law to:
- improve health and safety
- level the playing field and
- help combat the underground economy in the construction sector.
The WISB will provide a competitive, but different no-fault insurance product that protects you from costly lawsuits and has predictable rates, tax-deductible premiums and reliable benefits.
Benefits paid by the WSIB can be more comprehensive and cover a broader range of services than those included in most private insurance policies.
- WSIB pays up to 85% net wage loss
- Benefits include Loss of Retirement Income paid to injured workers from age 65
- Special allowances paid to severely impaired workers including Independent Living Allowance
- Work reintegration and retraining services if needed
- All necessary and appropriate health care costs are covered
- Survivor benefits can include lump sum and monthly awards for spouses and dependent children and all reasonable expenses paid for funeral and burial services
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