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About 70% of Manitoba workers are covered by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Employers in industries listed in the Workers Compensation Act are required to register with the WCB and must pay assessment premiums to cover their workforce. Employers not listed in the Act may purchase voluntary coverage from the WCB. The WCB is totally funded by employer premiums and it is an offense to deduct workers compensation costs from employees.

Industry and firm accident experience play a large part in setting assessment premium rates. Premium rates are assessed per $100 of assessable payroll. The average premium rate charged to Manitoba employers for WCB coverage for 2016 is $1.25 per $100 of assessable payroll, and rates can range from $0.14 per $100 of assessable payroll to $25.00 per $100 of assessable payroll (2015 rates).  Manitoba’s is among the lowest average rates in Canada.

Rate Ranges by Industry Category*

(Per $100 of Payroll)
The average premium rate charged to Manitoba employers for WCB coverage for 2016 is $1.25 per $100 of assessable payroll.  Employers may pay a lower or higher rate depending on the safety and health risk of their business and the cost of prior claims.

Premium rates are grouped by industry code, and sub-grouped into categories based on their five year cost experience. The average rate for each category is based upon a fixed percentage of the provincial average rate.  For example, the 15% category has an average rate of $0.225 (15% of $1.50 = $0.225)

The following table shows a sampling of rates and their associated rate categories, grouped by industry sector:

Sector Description
Industry Code
Industry Descriptions
2016 New Firm Rate
Category

Forestry

19102

Wood Operations

2.05

200%

Mines, Quarries & Oil Wells

20204

Oil & Gas Wells

0.79

70%

20102

Mining

1.53

120%

Manufacturing

31525

Mfg. Electronics

0.34

40%

31907

Mfg. Drugs, Medicines

0.61

40%

31510

Mfg. Plastic Material

0.78

70%

32002

Mfg. Aircraft

0.86

70%

31103

Misc. Light Mfg.

1.15

120%

31404

Millwork/Furniture

1.10

120%

31403

Mfg. Doors & Windows

1.10

120%

30205

Mfg. Food Products

1.92

200%

31003

Metal Working Plants

2.30

200%

31010

Mfg. Agricultural Equipment

1.37

200%

31102

Misc. Wood Products

2.44

300%

Construction

40203

Electric Wiring

1.39

120%

40204

Plumbing, Mechanical, Insulation

2.34

200%

40803

Roadwork

2.02

200%

40102

Building Construction

2.76

300%

40109

Glaze Doors, Windows

3.58

300%

40110

Concrete Work

5.60

500%

40502

Bridge & Steel Building

5.58

500%

Transportation, Communications & Storage

50504

Telecommunications

0.35

15%

50204

Warehouse & Storage

1.01

70%

50102

Cartage Trucking

2.57

200%

50111

I. J. Trucking

2.93

200%

Trade

60408

Aircraft Repair

0.37

25%

60105

Department Store

0.78

40%

60406

Bulk Oil, Gas, Fertilizer

0.55

40%

60503

Equipment Sales, NEC

1.18

70%

Service Industries

70302

Architects & Engineers

0.14

15%

70103

Hotel, Motel

0.85

70%

* The figures above are provided as guidelines only. Companies should contact the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba to obtain the specific rate for their industry.

Source: Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

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