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.
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.
For further information on apprentices and
- calculating average earnings for all accidents between January 2, 1990 and December 31, 1997, see 18-06-01, Calculating Temporary Total Disability Benefits (Accidents between 1985 and 1998)
- calculating Future Economic Loss (FEL) benefits, see 18-04-10, Calculating FEL for Students, Learners, and Apprentices
- determining average earnings for accidents on or after December 1, 2002, see 18-02-08, Determining Average Earnings - Exceptional Cases
- the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), see 12-04-07, Pupils in Work Education Programs.
This policy applies to all decisions made on or after January 1, 2018, for all accidents.
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
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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