Clearances

A clearance is a unique number issued by the WSIB to registered businesses, which shows that a business, contractor or subcontractor is registered and up to date with us, including keeping current with premium payment and reporting.

A clearance will automatically be created for your business as long as you are up to date on your WSIB payments and reporting. This clearance number is valid for all your contracts and is valid for up to 90 days.

You can also automatically receive access to your clearance through email each time a clearance certificate is created or renewed for your WSIB account. You can sign up for automatic clearances by selecting “My Email Notifications” in the clearance application in our online services or see our FAQs for more details.

Our online options for clearances

Quick access clearances

  • No log in required
  • Find, view and download your clearances

Log in to our online service for clearances to:

  • Create a list of contractors that you need clearances for
  • Find, view and download your clearance history
  • Search for current clearances
  • Receive reminder emails

Newly registered businesses

Most newly registered businesses that need a clearance certificate at the time of registration make an initial advance payment of $250. This payment is applied to your WSIB account as a credit and will be applied towards your future premiums.

Independent operators

Independent operators (businesses with no employees other than the registered owner(s)) outside of construction might not be obligated to register with the WSIB, and therefore would not be eligible for a clearance certificate.

Should an employee status ruling be required, you can complete a Determining Worker/Independent Operator Status questionnaire on the forms page, under “Your account”.