Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

October 17, 2008 12:05 ET

Ontario Building Trades supports Minister Fonseca's WSIB changes

Mandatory coverage for all individuals working in the construction industry helps level the playing field and protects workers.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINDSOR, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2008) - The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario announced its strong support of today's announcement by Labour Minister Peter Fonseca to introduce legislation that will make workers' compensation coverage mandatory for all individuals working in the construction industry.

"This announcement by Minister Fonseca is very important to the construction industry because it will close a loophole that has been exploited by unscrupulous contractors," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of the Council. "The industry has been working to end this unfair practice for a very long time."

The issue of who is covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums in the construction industry is critical for many reasons. These would include:

1. It will allow for a greater emphasis to be placed on health and safety education and training for workers.
2. It creates equality in bidding for construction work. By avoiding WSIB premiums, independent operators have an unfair competitive advantage.
3. This change could help lower overall premiums as the pool of contributors is expanded.
4. This measure will reduce revenue leakages to the underground economy.

" I hope the legislature will respond to the Minister's initiative and act quickly to fix this problem in the construction industry," stated Dillon. "This is a vital step in making workplaces safer and leveling the playing field for all who work in the construction industry."

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an umbrella organization that represents over 100,000 unionized workers.
/For further information: Patrick J. Dillon, Business Manager 416-347-8245/ IN: ECONOMY, LABOUR, POLITICS

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