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 grant to conduct a study of the costs of workplace injuries.

The goal of the study is to gain a better understanding of the full extent of the costs of these injuries. It will examine both the economic costs to injured workers (wage loss, medical expenses) and the non-economic costs that they face (pain and suffering, quality of life). The study will also investigate the indirect costs faced by the friends and families of individuals who have been injured at work.

PRA is conducting their study in a number of phases. From November 2013 to April 2014, PRA engaged in preliminary discussions with a small number of injured workers to understand their injuries and recovery processes. They then used these discussions as the basis for case studies or stories about the workers’ individual experiences.

PRA is now moving on to the second phase of their work. The second phase will involve a survey with a larger number of current and past WCB claimants, as well as other individuals familiar with their injury. The survey, called the Survey of Injured Workers, is expected to run from August 2014 to October 2014. It will focus on how workplace injuries have affected the physical, financial, and emotional health of injured workers and their families. PRA expects to survey approximately 2,000 injured workers and 1,000 close friends or family members.

Participation in this study is voluntary and confidential.

All survey responses will be confidential, and no respondents will be identified personally in the study’s reporting.

If you have any questions about the 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; 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