Over the course of the next month, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to say thank you to a number of companies for their support the MBiz Awards and continued investment in the Manitoba Chamber movement. This week, it’s the Workers Compensation Board.

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The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) is a mutual workplace injury and disability insurance agency funded by employer premiums. We are here to insure and support safe and healthy work and workplaces. We put workers and employers at the centre of all we do. We provide them with valued services for compensation, return to health and work and injury prevention while maintaining system integrity.

The WCB helps Manitoba workers and employers prevent workplace illnesses and injuries from occurring. To achieve this goal, the organization established SAFE Work Manitoba as a separate entity to strengthen the province’s safety culture.

If people are hurt or become ill as a result of their work, the WCB is here to help, offering a wide range of benefits to assist injured workers in returning to health and meaningful work as soon as safely possible. Some of the benefits offered include:

  • replacement of lost income
  • healthcare treatments and payment of medication costs
  • employment retraining
  • lump sum payments for permanent impairments
  • benefits to partners and children in the event of a workplace fatality.

Workers compensation has stood the test of time in Manitoba. 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the WCB in the province. On March 10, 1916, the 15th Manitoba Legislature passed the Workmen’s Compensation Act, which was followed by the creation of the WCB on Sept 1, 1916. This anniversary celebrates a century of progress for workers compensation in Manitoba, and promote its continued efforts to find new ways to ensure fair and compassionate compensation for Manitoba’s growing workforce.

The 100th anniversary raises awareness of the historic compromise that is the basis for workers compensation – workers gave up their right to sue employers for injuries sustained on the job, and employers agreed to fund a no-fault insurance system to provide injured workers with wage loss and healthcare benefits.