After consulting with its constituent groups, the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba developed and implemented the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) in 2009.

Each year, RWIP makes available $1 million to fund high-quality scientific research and programs that develop, implement or evaluate innovative, practical, shop-floor solutions for improving workplace health and safety.

The RWIP is now accepting applications for funding. Click here for application forms and for more information about RWIP.
The projects listed below were all developed with financial support from the Workers Compensation Board.

Work Disability Duration: A Comparative Analysis of Three Canadian Provinces 

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Download articleA Comparative Analysis of Severe Work Related Injuries and Long Duration Claims in Three Canadian Provinces

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First Language Health & Safety Training for Newcomers

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Evaluating the Accessibility of the Manitoban Construction Industry to Physically Disabled Construction Workers and its Relation to Safety Performance

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Glenlea Farm Safety Project

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Trade Specific Airborne Hazard / Respirator Training Final Report

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Red River College Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program Final Report

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Safety Knowledge Sharing in the Culinary Trades

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Young Worker Responses to Workplace Hazards, Responsibility for Safety, and Workplace Injuries across Time

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Engaging Front Line Managers and Supervisors to Promote Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Vita Life Inc. 2014

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The Role of Health-care Providers in the Workers’ Compensation System and Return-to-work Process 

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Synthesizing Occupational Health and Safety Knowledge for Local Stakeholders

Stephen Bornstein, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Memorial University 2013

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Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

View report - Managing Depression in the Workplace 


The Economic Costs of Workplace Injuries to Manitoba Workers and Their Careers

Greg Mason, PRA Inc. 2012

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Employment and Knee Replacement Surgery

Martin Petrak, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre

With improvements in the design of total knee replacement (TKR), knee surgery has expanded to include younger, more active patients for whom return to work is an important surgical outcome. This study investigated the effect of TKR on an individual’s ability to return to work and factors that may affect return to work.

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Interactive Safety E-Book: Taking It Direct to the Learner

Robin Millar, Centre for Education and Work

Centre for Education and Work (CEW) developed an e-book to enable businesses to deliver safety and health training to their workers in small groups throughout a business. The e-book has been customized to the iPad Textbook which has capability features to embed video, interactive charts, graphs and text to allow for a natural flow of information.

The following project materials are available for download:

Interactive Safety E-Book Final Report

Participant Handouts

Supervisor Guide


Manitoba Aboriginal Health and Safety Initiative (MAHSI)


The primary goal of the Manitoba Aboriginal Health and Safety Initiative (MAHSI) is to provide culturally appropriate workplace health and safety training for Aboriginal workers to help prevent workplace-related injury and illness. The MAHSI will assist and support employers to provide a safe work environment for Aboriginal workers in Manitoba by developing an Online Learning Centre (OLC) dedicated to Aboriginal workplace health and safety. All educational resources will be developed and customized to be culturally appropriate, and will reflect Aboriginal practices, history and traditions.

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Serious games to decrease injury in the fire service by training safer movement patterns and decision making skills: development and piloting


Firefighters have high injury rates. Musculoskeletal injuries due to lifting, twisting and bending, often in awkward positions while under mental and physical strain contribute greatly to these high rates with up to 1/3 of these injuries being low back injuries. Additionally, 1/3 of firefighter injuries are due to contact or exposure to fire with many being preventable by better decision making. Safe working limits while wearing fire protective clothing in hot/ humid environments exist, but it’s unclear whether the increased physiological strain associated with use of such clothing alters cognitive function at an incident scene and impairs decision making. This specific aims of this project developed and test two serious game modules focusing on these two areas of significant health risks to firefighters: i) safe lifting and ii) decision-making.

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How do Expectations, Coping and Depression Impact on Recovery After a Musculoskeletal Injury

This study examined the inter-relationships among pain disability, fear avoidance, depression and expectations of recovery.  The participants for this study were adults who had a recent musculoskeletal condition for which they were seeking physical therapy treatment.  Participants completed a baseline questionnaire and were mailed follow-up questionnaires at six weeks, three months and six months later.  The questionnaires surveyed attitudes to pain, depression, coping, fear avoidance, pain disability and expectations of recovery.  The study found correlations across the psychological measures of depression, passive coping and fear avoidance.  There were strong associations between pain disability and depression.    The associations between fear avoidance and depression, coping and pain disability all became stronger over time, as did the associations between pain disability and pain intensity.  

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Technologies and Safety: Making Farms Safer

A report on using technology to make farms safer - along with a web-based farm safety app - is now available to the public.

The Centre for Education and Work (CEW) has developed a series of web-based applications on farm safety procedures accessible to mobile devices, tablets and laptops.

CEW will use this information to develop risk assessment tools that will help farmers understand, identify and manage hazards as well as to conduct job hazard analyses on their farms and worksites.

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SAFE Farms app for Android



Clinical decision support tools for managing disabling muskuloskeletal disorders


This study aimed to identify and inventory Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools for helping stakeholders make treatment decisions for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

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Development of a Video Introducing the WCB

RFP awarded to the Centre for Education and Work

This project aimed to provide workers compensation information to newcomer and immigrant workers at a time when they are first entering the Manitoba workforce and in a way that is appropriate to their language abilities and respectful of their cultural backgrounds. 

The Centre for Education and Work developed a video and facilitator guide to demonstrate what an individual should do if they were to get injured at work.  

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