Apprentices have WSIB coverage while working for an employer whose business is covered under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act or the Workers' Compensation Act (the Act) either compulsorily or by application. They are not covered while attending classroom courses.


The purpose of this policy is to identify who is considered to be an apprentice and to outline when an apprentice may have WSIB coverage.



An apprentice is a person registered under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, who has signed a contract of apprenticeship for training and instruction in a trade, through or from an employer.


A journeyperson is eligible for coverage as an apprentice if working toward certification in a different trade, and is registered for this purpose as an apprentice under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act.


The employer of an apprentice is the employer for whom the apprentice works.

WSIB coverage

Because apprenticeship programs and government requirements may change, to ensure WSIB coverage, it is imperative that interested individuals contact the provincial government office responsible for apprenticeship programs and obtain up-to-date information.

Further information

For further information on apprentices and

Application date

This policy applies to all decisions made on or after January 1, 2018, for all accidents.

Document History

This document replaces 12-04-13 dated February 1, 2018.

This document was previously published as:
12-04-13 dated October 12, 2004
01-02-08 dated July 22, 1993


Legislative Authority

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended
Sections 2(1), 53(4)

O. Reg. 175/98
Sections 16(2), (3)

Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended
Sections 1(1), 40(6)

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1102
Sections 14(2), (3)


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