Workers’ Compensation Board Ranked Poorly for Being Small Business Friendly

Workers’ Compensation Board Ranked Poorly for Being Small Business Friendly

By Sarah Klein

Small Business Owner
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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Workers’ Compensation Board has ranked eighth in the country for being small business friendly.

The latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) ranked workers’ compensation systems through small- and medium-sized business, examining 35 indicators in seven major areas.

The province ranked higher on the cost of premiums sub-index (6.9), but ranks poorly on customer service (1.8) and the classification and assessment (3.7) sub-indices.

“Nearly two-thirds of Manitoba business owners identify workers’ compensation/occupational health and safety as their second most burdensome provincial regulation, behind only PST regulations,” said Elliot Sims, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for Manitoba.

“To improve their standings amongst small business owners, CFIB recommends the Manitoba WCB continue to focus on providing low premium costs, improving customer service by introducing an employer fairness code and creating more small business supports in the system, such as an employer advocate.

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