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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/29/2008

Ont. beefs up safety for construction

Toronto — The Ontario government is making workers’ compensation coverage mandatory for all workers in the construction industry. The proposed legislation would require benefits and services in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act be extended to independent operators and other individuals in the industry who are not currently covered. Once passed, the changes would come into effect three years later. Individuals would have access to financial compensation for lost earnings, coverage for certain health-care costs and job retraining services through the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.