Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Aims at Construction Industry
Ontario’s (Canada) Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) awareness campaign aimed at the construction industry launched over the summer, with new information for those employing workers in the field.
Be Registered, Be Ready
The campaign tag line – Be Registered. Be Ready. – encourages people working in construction to learn how the new rules affect them and to pre-register for WSIB coverage.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, mandatory WSIB coverage is required for nearly everyone working in the construction industry. The Ontario government has changed the law to include not just workers, but business owners too.
Company Owners Now Required to Have Coverage
Construction employers are currently required to have WSIB coverage for their employees. Now, most independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership and executive officers in a corporation working in construction will also need to have WSIB coverage. Executive officers and partners whose businesses are already registered with the WSIB also must begin to report their own earnings and pay premiums starting in January 2013.
The WSIB’s public awareness campaign will run throughout the year and uses a variety of communication channels to ensure the message reaches everyone in the construction industry.
Awareness Campaign to Run Through End of Year
Components include: radio spots, print ads, speaking engagements and activities with stakeholders and industry partners, trade show participation and direct mail. In addition to English and French, radio and print ads will also run in numerous other languages including Chinese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
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