2020 Surplus Distribution FAQ

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) maintains a reserve fund to protect employers and workers while ensuring a stable workers compensation system. This reserve fund is currently higher than the target set in our funding policy. As a result, in May of 2020, we are distributing surplus funds to employers, whose premiums fund the workers compensation system.

Claims Online

As part of our commitment to providing better service to Manitobans, the WCB is offering another way for employers to access information about their company. With Claims Online, employers can view claim information with a few clicks of a mouse.

WCB’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared by the Province of Manitoba, businesses are experiencing dramatic changes as they attempt to apply social distance strategies in the workplace, and in some circumstances, have extended continuance pay or potentially issued temporary lay-offs.

Given the economic uncertainties, businesses may be challenged with cash flow and require temporary relief from their WCB payment obligations. In response, the WCB of Manitoba will:

How the WCB Makes a Claim Decision

When you report an injury to the WCB, we will give you a claim number and assign an adjudicator to the claim. The adjudicator will decide whether the claim will be accepted and if so, what benefits will be paid. 

The information below is to let you know what to expect in the claims process for an injured worker. Your worker receives the same information from the WCB and it is not your responsibility to communicate this process to them.

What Does My Annual Rate Statement Mean?

In the fall, the WCB provides you with an annual rate statement that explains your current rate and what your rate will be in the upcoming year. Your annual rate statement will also have information about your industry classification and the rate range for your business size.

Your annual rate statement is not an invoice or an account statement and you do not need to make any payment at this time – it is simply information we provide to help you plan for the year ahead.

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