WCB / WSIB FAQ

What is my responsibility to report Incidents?

You must report the incident to the WSIB within 3 days if your worker:

  • Loses time from work or
  • Earns less than a regular day’s pay or
  • Gets health care treatment.

You don’t need to report the incident if your worker:

  • Only needs first aid
  • You can wait on reporting the incident for up to 7 calendar days only if your worker:
    • Receives modified work at full pay and
    • Needs nothing beyond first aid
  • You must keep a record of the incident and what happens during the time your worker recovers. You must report workplace injuries or illnesses that go past the 7 calendar days of modified work

When do I have to report changes to WSIB?

If you have a change in circumstances that affects your employer obligations relating to WSIB, you must report that change to us within 10 days.

Do I need to register with the WSIB?

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.
Registering with the WSIB provides workplace insurance coverage for all of your workers and gives you access to experts in health and safety for your business sector.

What are my obligation to Re-Employ injured workers?

You must re-employ the injured worker 2 years from the accident date or one year from the date the worker returns to his/her pre-accident essential duties.

What are my penalties if I do not Re-Employ my injured workers?

If you terminate or layoff a worker with 6 months from the date of the accident, you may be found in breach of your re-employment obligation and fined up to the workers net average earnings to the maximum ceiling for one year. In addition to this, the worker will receive a payment in the amount of their net average earnings up to the maximum ceiling for one year. The ceiling for 2010 is $77,600 X 2 = $155,200 as a maximum penalty if in breach.

What are the penalties for failing to comply with any of these employer responsibilities?

People failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act are subject to fines of up to $25,000 and/or up to a year’s imprisonment. Corporations can be fined up to $500,000. Employers are also subject to penalties for failing to report to the WSIB within three days of learning of a workplace injury or illness and other violations of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.