Penalties

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Additional costs you could incur

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) may levy penalties for various offences, including:

  • failing to register your business within 10 days of hiring your first worker
  • failing to report an accident
  • failing to get a clearance certificate from all contractors performing construction work, and keeping all clearance certificates for
  • three years
  • not reporting, or incorrectly reporting, your premium information
  • underestimating your earnings
  • knowingly making a false or misleading statement to the WSIB
  • wilfully failing to inform the WSIB of a material change in circumstances, and
  • contravening rules regarding the disclosure of confidential information.

If found guilty under the Provincial Offences Act, individuals may be fined up to $25,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months for each offence. Corporations are liable to a fine of up to $100,000 for each offence.

Employers who are found in breach of their work reintegration (WR) and/or re-employment obligations are also subject to additional financial penalties that are outlined in the WR and re-employment sections of this guidebook.

The WSIB also charges interest for non-compliance regarding any/all Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) obligations.