Under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA), a workerincludes anyone employed under a contract of service or apprenticeship with an employer carrying on a business listed in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 of the WSIA. A worker performs work for an employer in return for wages or a salary. The employer has control over the work, as well as where, when and how it is done.
Workers are automatically covered under the WSIA and are entitled to WSIB benefits if they are injured at work or become ill because of their work.
On the other hand, people who work under contracts for service and do not employ any workers, are considered independent operators. An independent operator agrees to do specific work in return for payment. The payer does not necessarily control the way in which the work is done, or the times and places it is done.
The attached document will bring you clarification on how WSIB determine whether an individual is an independent operator and who you can call if you have questions.
Please contact a CFIB Business Counsellor at 1 888-234-2232 or email [email protected] for any assistance we can offer.