The Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) is an independent agency that provides insurance benefits, such as loss of earnings and healthcare coverage, for injuries or accidents that were caused in the workplace.
Registration with WSIB
Before you register, ensure you have the necessary business information handy. You can register with the WSIB using the following methods:
Most businesses in Ontario that employ workers (including family members and sub-contractors) must register with the WSIB within 10 days of hiring their first full or part-time worker. There are severe penalties and possible prosecution if you do not comply.
The WSIB and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) share information about businesses that are required to register under the WSIB. As a result, you may be contacted by the WSIB about registration requirements. If companies come forward about their non-compliance with registration obligations, the WSIB may:
- waive penalties;
- refrain from investigating and/or laying applicable provincial offences charges; and
- require the payment of retroactive premium, interest free, from the effective date of registration only.
Post the WSIB poster In case of injury poster (Form 82) must be prominently displayed in every workplace covered by the WSIB. If you can't print it, you can order one by calling 1-800 387-0750 WSIB order line.
You do have the right to ask the audit be rescheduled. This request should only be done once and for good reason. For example, if you are a roofing company or landscaper - summer is the busiest time of year. Your accountant may be on vacation, etc.
- The WSIB information on audits provides you insightful details regarding what you should expect and how to prepare
- The Office of the Employer Advisor (OEA) provides you with a comprehensive list of requirements
Require additional support:
Contact a business counsellor at 1 888 234-2232 if you have questions or concerns regarding the WSIB. Another option is to contact the Office of the Employer Adviser, to obtain confidential and free information.