Apprentices have WSIB coverage while working for an employer whose business is covered under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997  either manditorily 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 who is formally registered in a Ministry apprenticeship program under a signed contract of apprenticeship ("a registered training agreement") in accordance with the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, and is receiving training and instruction in a trade, through or from an employer, that is required as part of the program.


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 Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades 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 accidents occurring on or after September 29, 2023.

Document history

This document replaces 12-04-13 dated January 3, 2023.

This document was previously published as:
12-04-13 dated July 27, 2018
12-04-13 dated February 1, 2018
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(4.1)


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