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 now accepting applications for funding under the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) for 2015.

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


 2014 RWIP Grant Recipients

1. Joel Gervais, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Occupational Rehabilitation Group (ORG) of Canada and Vital Life, and Dan Licoppe, Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management Services (ORG) of Canada

Engaging frontline managers and supervisors to promote mental health and Psychological safety in the workplace: a training seminar and resource guide for Managers and supervisors in the construction, manufacturing, and service sectors

2. Sonia Kowalewich, MFL Occupational Health Centre (OHC) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)

First language health and safety training for newcomers

3. Marnie Courage, Enabling Access Inc.

Human factor focused musculoskeletal injury prevention training for construction workers

4. Chris Hooter, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 739 (Painters), and John Sedor, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Trade specific respiratory protection training

5. Beverley Temple, University of Manitoba and St. Amant Research Centre; Toby Martin, Jennifer Kilimnik, St. Amant Centre; Charmayne Dube, New Directions; Lisa Demczuk, University of Manitoba

A knowledge transfer intervention with supervisors: can we reduce injury by improving knowledge translation strategies for direct support workers of people with intellectual disability who display challenging behaviour?

6. Allen Kraut and Leigh Anne Shafer, University of Manitoba; Colette Raymond, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Determining the influence that the WCB of Manitoba’s opioid policy has had on prescription opioid use amongst WCB recipients

7. Phillip Bigelow, University of Waterloo; Jim Dickey, Western University; Emile Tompa, Institute for Work and Health

Intervening in the transportation sector to reduce driver fatigue, low back pain, and discomfort and to increase vehicle safety

8. SAFE Work Manitoba

Industry-based safety associations, phase two






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