Manitoba expanding WCB coverage

Business community concerned about lack of employer input
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/21/2005

A bill to overhaul the workers’ compensation system in Manitoba has triggered criticism from the business community over worries that coverage will be expanded without employer input.

The bill would allow for a major expansion of workers compensation coverage, which now applies to only 70 per cent of workers, representing one of the lowest coverage rates in Canada.

Part of the reason is, unlike most other jurisdictions that set out lists of exempted industries, Manitoba’s system sets out a list of industries that are covered. As a result, industries that had a marginal presence in the past and weren’t put on the list do not have to pay into the system.