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(WINNIPEG) – The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) announced the recipients of eight grants in support of projects that will help keep Manitoba workers safe and recover from workplace injuries.

The funding is part of the WCB's Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP). This year's initiatives range from injury prevention projects, to scientific research projects, and health and safety training for newcomers to Manitoba's workforce.

"The Research and Workplace Innovation Program signifies our commitment to ensuring healthier and safer Manitoba workplaces now and into the future," says WCB President and CEO Winston Maharaj. " By funding scientific research we are expanding our knowledge of workplace injuries, illness and diseases."

The RWIP makes available $1 million each year to fund high-quality scientific research and workplace-based innovation programs that improve workplace health and safety. Since 2009, funding has supported 47 workplace prevention, education and training initiatives. Last year, the WCB has added a new funding stream to support training and education projects in occupational health and safety.

The RWIP is now accepting applications for 2015 grants. For more information, call Bruce M. Cielen at 204-954-4650 or visit the RWIP page.

"These projects help train, educate, and give workers better and safer ways to perform their jobs," says Maharaj. "As a result of the initiatives supported through the program, it also allows workers to quickly and safely return to health and meaningful work, which is one of the main goals of the WCB."

View the 2014 RWIP Annual Report

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is a mutual workplace injury and disability insurance agency funded by employer premiums. We are here to insure and support safe and healthy work and workplaces.  We put workers and employers at the centre of all we do.  We provide them with valued services for injury prevention, compensation and return to health and work while maintaining system integrity.


For more information contact:

Darlene Muise
Manager, Communications – WCB and SAFE Work Manitoba


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