7,000 new workers covered by WCB

Expanded coverage means Manitoba moving towards Canadian mainstream, says minister
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 08/21/2006

Manitoba is extending its Worker's Compensation Board coverage for the first time in nearly 40 years, announced the province's Minister of Labour and Immigration Nancy Allan.

This expansion of the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) will include industries such as aviation and land surveying and represents about 1,150 employers, 67 per cent of which already have voluntary coverage.

"Approximately 70 per cent of the Manitoba workforce is currently covered by workers' compensation, the lowest level of coverage in the country. We are pleased that over 7,000 new workers will now receive worker's compensation coverage and benefits," said Allan.