Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)

Published on: 24 Jun 2012
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)

Published on June 25, 2012

On January 1, 2013, several major changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) will come into effect following the recent proclamation of Bill 119. Here is what you need to know...

Bill 117 changes the requirements pertaining to clearance certificates and exempt status for sole proprietors and partners who run businesses without employees. The changes will require those individuals who purchase construction services to ensure that all involved and contracted for those construction services are in compliance. Employers who fail to adhere to these changes will risk incurring significant penalties.

Specifically, changes to the clearance certificate process will make it an offence to sell or purchase construction services without a valid clearance certificate. For example, those hiring a subcontractor to complete plumbing, electrical work or dry walling without a clearance certificate could incur a fine under the WSIA. Upon conviction, fines could be up to $25,000 for an individual and up to $100,000 for companies. In all cases, both the principal and the sub-contractor could be fined.

IDC is currently working on arranging for a CEU session at IIDEX in order to provide further information about the changes and key information that you, as an interior designer, will need to know. This will be followed by a webinar in late fall for those who may not be able to attend the seminar at IIDEX.

More information is available on the WSIB's website In addition, you can contact the Office of Employer Adviser (OEA) at 416.327.0020 or at 1.800.387.0774, or visit the OEA website at