Release Date: 
2012-02-13

(WINNIPEG) – The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) officially opened its new location in Brandon, Manitoba, today. The office will service workers and employers located in Brandon and surrounding areas.

"Today is a special day for the city of Brandon and all Manitobans," says Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. "Our government is committed to ensuring Manitobans in all parts of the province have access to important services regardless of where they are located. Workers and employers in the region will now be able to receive face-to-face help on preventing injuries and returning workers to health and meaningful work in the event workplace injuries occur.”

The Brandon office will provide initial adjudication of claims and case management functions. It will also offer a range of services such as healthcare examinations, vocational rehabilitation and SAFE Work services as well as some assessment services. In the past, customers traveled to Winnipeg for these services or Winnipeg staff traveled to Brandon.

"As a regional centre, the city of Brandon will benefit greatly from the local access to services that the new WCB office will provide," says Murray Blight, Deputy Mayor of Brandon. "Employers and workers in the area will be able to take advantage of the convenience of the office."

Since hiring Dan Robertson of Brandon as Regional Director in May, the new office has now hired a total of 15 employees - 12 of which are Brandon residents.

"The WCB is excited that the Brandon office is now open for business," says Winston Maharaj, WCB President and CEO. "With so many major employers in and around the city, we are looking forward to the opportunity to provide direct services to workers and employers in the region."

The WCB now has three offices in Manitoba, including a head office in Winnipeg and a small satellite office in Thompson that provides initial adjudication of claims and case management services. The new Brandon office is located in the Renaissance Station building, Unit 1, 457 - 9th Street. 

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is a mutual workplace injury and disability insurance agency funded by employer premiums. With a mandate to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, the WCB is committed to building a culture of health and safety in Manitoba through the SAFE Work program and community partnerships. Workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable but should they occur, the WCB is here to help injured workers, their families and employers.

For more information contact:

Warren Preece
Director of Communications
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
(204) 954-4113
1-800-362-3340
Email: wcb@wcb.mb.ca

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