Manitoba to expand WCB coverage

Province has lowest coverage rates: Labour minister
||Last Updated: 07/31/2009

More workers in Manitoba will soon be covered by workers' compensation.

The provincial government is reviewing the Workers' Compensation Board's (WCB) three-year plan to modernize employee protection and over the next few months it will determine which additional industries and professions will be covered.

Compared to the rest of the country, Manitoba has the lowest rates of coverage, according to Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan. Cost and the availability of company or private insurance plans are the most common arguments against extending coverage to some professions.