Research and Workplace Innovation Program

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba supports and funds research related to scientific research, or workplace innovation projects.


Research and Workplace Innovation Program

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is no longer accepting applications for funding under the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) for 2014.

RWIP projects are funded under three (3) streams:

  • Workplace Innovation projects that lead to improvements in workplace health and safety, and foster successful rehabilitation and productive and safe return to meaningful work,
  • High quality Scientific Research and applied research projects with practical benefits that are related to significant issues in workers compensation, and
  • Training and Education projects relevant to workplace health and safety, injury prevention, safe return-to-work and treatment of occupational illness.

For more information and application forms visit or contact Bruce M. Cielen at or call (204) 954-4650 or toll-free 1-800-362-3340.

Current Project: The Economic Costs of Workplace Injuries to Manitoba Workers, Employers and the Economy

The WCB has provided Prairie Research Associates Inc.(PRA), an independent research firm, with a research grant to conduct the study of the costs of workplace injuries to Manitoba workers, employers, and the economy. The goal of the study is to gain a better understanding of the full extent of these costs in the province, including both economic costs (wage loss, medical expenses) and non-economic costs (pain and suffering, quality of life). The research will also investigate the indirect costs experienced by the families of injured workers. Compared to previous studies, this research will present a more complete picture of the losses associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. The findings of this research may be used to support policies that reduce workplace injuries.

Beginning in mid November 2013, PRA will begin contacting workers to engage them in some preliminary discussions.  PRA will use the discussion as the basis of a case study or story about this individual's experience with the injury and since the incident.  The discussion will also be used to develop the survey questionnaire that will be administered to 3,000 injured workers in February 2014.

The focus of the qualitative interviews and survey will be on how workplace injuries have affected the physical, financial, and emotional health of injured workers and their families.

Workers' participation in this study is voluntary and confidential.

The reason the interviews and survey request the involvement of a close friend or family member is that this individual will help identify all of the impacts that the incident had on the family. Often, a close family member or friend will recall important details that might go unreported.

All information provided by interview or survey is strictly confidential and individual answers will not be singled out, nor will any record of individual responses be sent to the Workers Compensation Board.

If you have any questions about the interviews, surveys or the research project, please contact Bruce M. Cielen, Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, at 204-954-4650 or toll-free at 1-800-362-3340, extension 4650 or by email at



 2013 RWIP Grant Recipients

  1. Debbie Frechette, Mental Health Program, Health Sciences Centre and Lisa Knechtel, Adult Mental Health Program, Health Sciences Centre
    Enhancing Seclusion and Restraint-Free Mental Health Services: Promoting Employee Safety Through Cultural Change, Trauma-Informed Care, and the Use of Innovative Strategies for Violence Prevention and Management
  2. Robin Millar, Centre for Education and Work
    Interactive Safety e-Book: Taking it Direct to the Learner
  3. Marileen Bartlett, Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and Doug Lauvstad, Northern Manitoba Sector Council (NMSC)
    Manitoba Aboriginal Health and Safety Initiative (MAHSI)
  4. Andrew Klukas, Integrated Training Management Inc.
    On-line Occupational Health and Safety Management System for the Manitoba Retail Sector
  5. Michele Rogalsky and Lorrie Koroscil, School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
    SAFE Farm Plans for Glenlea Research Station and Farm
  6. Ihor Barwinsky, Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd.
    To Create Indicators and Tools for Supervisors to Use at the Job Site in Identifying Potential Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI) Associated with Drywall Installations
  7. Stephen Bornstein and Robert Kean, Memorial University; Emma Irvin, Dwayne Van Eerd and Ron Saunders, Institute for Work & Health; Steven Passmore and Leslie Johnson, University of Manitoba
    Synthesizing Occupational Health and Safety Knowledge for Local Stakeholders
  8. Mohamed Issa, University of Manitoba
    Evaluating the Accessibility of the Manitoba Construction Industry to Physically Disabled Construction Workers and its Relation to Safety Performance
  9. Agnieszka Kosny, Dorcas Beaton, Andrea Furlan and Ellen MacEachen, Institute for Work and Health; Juliette Cooper, University of Manitoba; Mieke Koehoorn, University of British Columbia; Barbara Neis, Memorial University
    Engaging Healthcare Providers in the Return To Work Process
  10. Michele Rogalsky and Lorrie Koroscil, School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
    Farm Safety Curriculum Development and Pilot Course Delivery





Bruce M. Cielen
Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
1010-363 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3N9

Telephone: (204) 954-4650 or 1 (800) 362-3340