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The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act (the Act) requires all employers performing work in Newfoundland and Labrador to register with the Commission.  

An employer is a person or entity engaged in business in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The employer may be a sole proprietor, partnership,  corporation, municipality, association, society or any entity employing workers.  A worker includes: full-time, part-time and casual workers.  Directors of incorporated companies are also considered workers under the Act.  Registration is also required where a business (the principal) sub-contracts work in the province, even if the business itself has no direct workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Incorporated entities
All incorporated entities operating in Newfoundland and Labrador must register with the Commission. Coverage is mandatory for all workers, including the owner, directors, or managers, even if the owner is the only worker.

Non-incorporated entities
A non-incorporated entity is not required to register if the only workers are the proprietor or partners. However, as soon as a non-incorporated entity hires a worker or sub-contracts work in this province, they must register. If the owners of a non-incorporated entity wish to be covered, they may voluntarily apply for optional personal coverage

Fishing industry 
Logging industry
Student coverage 
Out of Province coverage 

Exclusions
Entities employing individuals under the following situations are not required to register with the Commission.

  1. Persons employed at a private residence , such as child care providers, house cleaners and home care workers. These people can apply for optional personal coverage or the home owner may apply for householder coverage.
  2. Persons employed by an individual in the construction or renovation of a private residence, where the residence is or shall be used as a private residence of that person. These people can apply for optional personal coverage or the home owner may apply for householder coverage.
  3. Professional sports competitors.