CFIB blasts proposed WSIB changes

Mandatory coverage for construction workers could cost Ontario firms $11,000 on average: CFIB
By Melissa Hamelin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2009

Ontario’s newly appointed Minister of Labour has proposed legislation that could cost construction firms an average of $11,000 annually in additional Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The changes proposed by Labour Minister Peter Fonseca would make WSIB coverage mandatory for all individuals working in the construction industry, except handy persons.

Despite receiving 25,000 faxed responses from Ontario business owners strongly opposed to the proposed changes, Fonseca put Bill 119, an amendment to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, forward for its first reading at the end of October.