Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 16, Sched. A (Consolidation Period:  From June 8, 2023 )

JurisdictionOntario
Coming into Force08 June 2023
Statuscurrent

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

S.O. 1997, CHAPTER 16
Schedule A

Consolidation Period: From June 8, 2023 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: 2023, c. 12, Sched. 1, s. 79.

CONTENTS

PART I
INTERPRETATION

Purpose

1 The purpose of this Act is to accomplish the following in a financially responsible and accountable manner:

1. To promote health and safety in workplaces.

2. To facilitate the return to work and recovery of workers who sustain personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment or who suffer from an occupational disease.

3. To facilitate the re-entry into the labour market of workers and spouses of deceased workers.

4. To provide compensation and other benefits to workers and to the survivors of deceased workers. 1997, c. 16, Sched. A, s. 1; 1999, c. 6, s. 67 (1); 2005, c. 5, s. 73 (1); 2011, c. 11, s. 19.

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

1999, c. 6, s. 67 (1) - 01/03/2000

2005, c. 5, s. 73 (1) - 09/03/2005

2011, c. 11, s. 19 - 01/04/2012

Definitions

2 (1) In this Act,

“accident” includes,

(a) a wilful and intentional act, not being the act of the worker,

(b) a chance event occasioned by a physical or natural cause, and

(c) disablement arising out of and in the course of employment; (“accident”)

“Appeals Tribunal” means the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal; (“Tribunal d’appel”)

“attorney” means a person authorized under a power of attorney for property given under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992; (“procureur”)

“Board” means the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board; (“Commission”)

“child” means a child within the meaning of subsection 1 (1) of the Family Law Act; (“enfant”)

“construction” means any of the industries listed in Class G of Schedule 1; (“construction”)

“dependants” means such of the following persons as were wholly or partly dependent upon the worker’s earnings at the time of his or her death or who, but for the incapacity due to the accident, would have been so dependent:

1. Parent, stepparent or person who stood in the role of parent to the worker.

2. Sibling or half-sibling.

3. Grandparent.

4. Grandchild; (“personnes à charge”)

“earnings” or “wages” include any remuneration capable of being estimated in terms of money but does not include contributions made under section 25 for employment benefits; (“gains” ou “salaire”)

“emergency worker” means a person described in paragraph 6, 7 or 8 of the definition of worker who is injured while engaged in the activity described in that paragraph; (“travailleur dans une situation d’urgence”)

“employer” means every person having in his, her or its service under a contract of service or apprenticeship another person engaged in work in or about an industry and includes,

(a) a trustee, receiver, liquidator, executor or administrator who carries on an industry,

(b) a person who authorizes or permits a learner to be in or about an industry for the purpose of undergoing training or probationary work, or

(c) a deemed employer; (“employeur”)

“guardian”, except in subsections 30 (7) and 60 (4), means a guardian of property appointed under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 or a statutory guardian of property designated by or appointed under that Act; (“tuteur”)

“health care practitioner” means a health professional or a social worker; (“praticien de la santé”)

“health professional” means a member of the College of a health profession as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991; (“professionnel de la santé”)

“impairment” means a physical or functional abnormality or loss (including disfigurement) which results from an injury and any psychological damage arising from the abnormality or loss; (“déficience”)

“independent operator”, subject to section 12.1, means a person who carries on an industry included in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 and who does not employ any workers for that purpose; (“exploitant indépendant”)

“industry” includes an establishment, undertaking, trade, business or service and, if domestics are employed, includes a household; (“secteur d’activité”)

“insurance fund” means the fund described in section 96; (“caisse d’assurance”)

“insurance plan” means the benefits and obligations set out in Parts III to IX; (“régime d’assurance”)

“learner” means a person who, although not under a contract of service or apprenticeship, becomes subject to the hazards of an industry for the purpose of undergoing training or probationary work; (“stagiaire”)

“medical assistance in dying” means medical assistance in dying within the meaning of section 241.1 of the Criminal Code (Canada); (“aide médicale à mourir”)

“Minister” means the Minister of Labour; (“ministre”)

“occupational disease” includes,

(a) a disease resulting from exposure to a substance relating to a particular process, trade or occupation in an industry,

(b) a disease peculiar to or characteristic of a particular industrial process, trade or occupation,

(c) a medical condition that in the opinion of the Board requires a worker to be removed either temporarily or permanently from exposure to a substance because the condition may be a precursor to an occupational disease,

(d) a disease mentioned in Schedule 3 or 4, or

(e) a disease prescribed under clause 15.1 (8) (d); (“maladie professionnelle”)

“permanent impairment” means impairment that continues to exist after the worker reaches maximum medical recovery; (“déficience permanente”)

“personal representative” means a personal representative as defined in subsection 1 (1) of the Succession Law Reform Act; (“représentant successoral”)

“prescribed” means prescribed by the regulations made under this Act; (“prescrit”)

“Schedule 1 employer” means an employer in a class or group of industries included in Schedule 1 but does not include an employer who is a Schedule 2 employer (other than a Schedule 2 employer declared by the Board under section 74 to be deemed to be a Schedule 1 employer); (“employeur mentionné à l’annexe 1”)

“Schedule 2 employer” means an employer in a class of industries included in Schedule 2; (“employeur mentionné à l’annexe 2”)

“silicosis” means a fibrotic condition of the lungs caused by the inhalation of silica dust that is sufficient to produce a lessened capacity for work; (“silicose”)

“spouse” means a person,

(a) to whom the person is married, or

(b) with whom the person is living in a conjugal relationship outside marriage, if the two persons,

(i) have cohabited for at least one year,

(ii) are together the parents of a child, or

(iii) have together entered into a cohabitation agreement under section 53 of the Family Law Act; (“conjoint”)

“student” means a person who is pursuing formal education as a full-time or part-time student and is employed by an employer for the purposes of the employer’s industry, although not as a learner or an apprentice; (“étudiant”)

“survivor” means a spouse, child or dependant of a deceased worker; (“survivant”)

“temporary help agency” means an employer referred to in section 72 who primarily engages in the business of lending or hiring out the services of its workers to other employers on a temporary basis for a fee; (“agence de placement temporaire”)

“worker” means a person who has entered into or is employed under a contract of service or apprenticeship and includes the following:

1. A learner.

2. A student.

3. An auxiliary member of a police force.

Note: On a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor, paragraph 3 of the definition of “worker” in subsection 2 (1) of the Act is amended by striking out “police force” at the end and substituting “police service”. (See: 2019, c. 1, Sched. 4, s. 66 (1))

4. A member of a volunteer ambulance brigade.

5. A member of a municipal volunteer fire brigade whose membership has been approved by the chief of the fire department or by a person authorized to do so by the entity responsible for the brigade.

6. A person summoned to assist in controlling or extinguishing a fire by an authority empowered to do so.

7. A person who assists in a search and rescue operation at the request of and under the direction of a member of the Ontario Provincial Police.

8. A person who assists in connection with an emergency that has been declared by the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the Premier under section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act or by the head of council of a municipality under section 4 of that Act.

9. A person deemed to be a worker of an employer by a direction or order of the Board.

10. A person deemed to be a worker under section 12 or 12.2.

11. A pupil deemed to be a worker under the Education Act. (“travailleur”) 1997, c. 16, Sched. A, s. 2 (1); 1999, c. 6, s. 67 (2-4); 2002, c. 18, Sched. J, s. 5 (1); 2005, c. 5, s. 73 (2-4); 2006, c. 13, s. 4 (1); 2007, c. 3, s. 1; 2008, c. 20, s. 1; 2014, c. 10, Sched. 5, s. 1; 2017, c. 7, s. 6 (1); 2021, c. 4, Sched. 11, s. 42 (1); 2023, c. 2, Sched. 9, s. 1.

Schedules

(2) A reference in this Act to Schedule 1, 2, 3 or 4 means the schedules as established in the regulations made under this Act. 1997, c. 16, Sched. A, s. 2 (2).

Section Amendments with date in force (d/m/y)

1999, c. 6, s. 67 (2-4) - 01/03/2000

2002, c. 18, Sched. J, s. 5 (1) - 26/11/2002

2005, c. 5, s. 73 (2-4) - 09/03/2005

2006, c. 13, s. 4 (1) - 30/06/2006

2007, c. 3, s. 1 - 04/05/2007

2008, c. 20, s. 1 (1-3) - 01/01/2013

2014, c. 10, Sched. 5, s. 1 - 06/04/2018

2017, c. 7, s. 6 (1) - 10/05/2017

2018, c. 3, Sched. 5, s. 68 (1) - no effect - see 2019, c. 1, Sched. 3, s. 5 - 26/03/2019

2019, c. 1, Sched. 4, s. 66 (1) - not in force

2021, c. 4, Sched. 11, s. 42 (1) - 19/04/2021

2023, c. 2, Sched. 9, s. 1 - 22/03/2023

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