How much workers’ safety insurance should small construction companies pay? The Ontario government says that all companies—large and small—should pay the full WSIB premiums. Laura Albanese, our MPP, says that some small operators should pay less.
Albanese put a private member’s bill in the legislature last week that will reduce the WSIB premiums that small construction companies pay. Her bill is in response to a reform of the WSIB system that will make independent operators, sole proprietors, partners and executives pay the same premiums as large companies.
Albanese’s bill would reduce the amount. Small companies would pay only 1/3 of what workers in large companies pay. This will, the Homebuilders’ Association says, make small, law-abiding companies more competitive with under-the-table, cash companies.