Painting Contractor Hiring Tips – Workers Compensation and General Liability Insurance

Before starting a home renovation project, make sure you follow these Painting Contractor Hiring Tips.

Start by understanding what is (WSIB) and General Liability Insurance –

Homeowners should always check references and past work history before hiring a contractor or painter. No one wants to end up with a bad renovation. However many fail to verify if a contractor is insured and covered by WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or Workers Compensation). That mistake could end up costing you WAY more than a bad renovation.

Painting Contractor Hiring Tips Toronto

Is it Important Your Painter has (WSIB) and General Liability Insurance Coverage?

Injury and insurance coverage might seem like an afterthought, but ponder these statistics and you’ll quickly learn it’s much more of a problem than you might think.

  • In Ontario alone, 2 out of 3 painting contractors ARE NOT insured by Workers Compensation (WSIB)
  • 39% of General Contractors in Canada DO NOT have General Liability Insurance Coverage
  • In 2010 in Ontario, there were 22,000 injuries with 12 resulting in death


Statistics also show that the smaller the Toronto painting contractor the more likelihood of a claim. Contractors with annual revenues of under $1 million averaged five claims per year.

So how could that end up costing you? If a worker suffers an injury on your property and the painting contractor doesn’t have coverage by WSIB, the cost could come out of your own pocket.

  • Uninsured homeowners could PERSONALLY be responsible for a worker’s injuries that occur while they are working on their property.
  • In the absence of proper coverage, the homeowner’s insurance policy becomes the primary insurance. It will cover ALL medical, lost wages and injury expenses.
  • If the homeowner knowingly hired an unlicensed contractor, their insurance company has the right to deny the claim putting any medical and personal injury bills on the homeowner.

Along with injuries, if a painting contractor has General Liability Insurance that also covers you from any property damage (your property and your neighbors) that occurs during a renovation. Again if the contractor lacks insurance, the financial burden of any damage will fall on YOU. That is why it is fundamental to follow and share these Painting Contractor Hiring Tips with anyone that is looking to do a home renovation.

Simply Put: Don’t Hire without WSIB and General Liability Insurance

  • If something goes wrong you could be financially and legally responsible for everything .  The risk isn’t worth it.
  • That’s why Home Painters Toronto is covered by $5 million in General Liability Insurance and has full WSIB coverage. You can rest assured that when we arrive, your property and our employees will have full protection.

And remember, along with proper coverage, all our work comes with a Lifetime Warranty for Interiors and extended for exteriors. We will be there for you even after we complete the job.

Give us a call to set up a free consultation and let us show you why Home Painters Toronto has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a top-rated company for 4 consecutive years (2017 to 2020) on

Call us at 416-494-9095 or email us at

And don’t forget hiring Subcontractors or painting contractors without workers compensation (WSIB) and general liability insurance coverage will cost you a lot more than the cheap quotes they give you!

From The Owner & Founder


Hello and welcome!

I’m both deeply honoured and flattered you are considering using our services.

Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

At Home Painters our mission is to paint homeowners’ dreams, and make your painting experience last a lifetime!
I look forward to hopefully meeting you one day, as it brings me tremendous joy to make homeowner’s dreams come true.