Who needs to register with the WSIB
If you hire workers, including family members or apprentices, for your business you must register with the WSIB within 10 days of hiring your first worker if you are in a compulsorily covered industry.
Likewise, if you acquire any or all of an existing compulsorily covered business with employees, you must register with the WSIB within 10 days.
You should always check with the WSIB, preferably in writing, to determine whether or not you need to register.
Registration for independent operators (IOs)/contractors who do not supply construction services
If you have no employees, and meet the WSIB’s criteria for IO status, you are not required to register with the WSIB. You should check with the WSIB, preferably in writing, to determine whether or not you need to register.
How to register
You can register through the WSIB’s eRegistration service on the WSIB’s website. You can call the WSIB at 1-800-387-0750 if you need help registering, or if you have any questions about the process.
There are two types of registration processes depending on whether you are an employer, or an individual applying as an IO, a sole proprietor, a partner, or an executive officer of a corporation who does not work in the construction industry.
1. Employer registration
This process is for a business that hires one or more workers.
2. Optional insurance request/change
This is the voluntary registration process for IOs, sole proprietors, partners, and executive officers of a corporation who do not work in the construction industry. WSIB coverage is not automatically granted. The WSIB will decide whether an individual qualifies for optional insurance.
Precautions when acquiring an existing business
If you acquire an existing business you should get a purchase certificate from the WSIB. A purchase certificate is a document the WSIB will issue if the original employer’s account is in good standing, on the date the business is sold.
If a purchase certificate is issued, the WSIB will not hold the purchaser liable for any amounts charged to the original owner’s account, up to the date the business changed hands.
For audit purposes, purchasers must keep a copy of any purchase certificate.