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4th Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 224

THE WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT


  Bilingual version (PDF) Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. W200 amended

1           The Workers Compensation Act is amended by this Act.

2           Subsection 1(1) is amended

(a) in the definition "accident", by striking out "and" at the end of clause (b), adding "and" at the end of clause (c) and adding the following after clause (c):

(d) a stress-induced mental disorder,

(b) in clause (d) of the definition "occupational disease", by adding "or a stress-induced mental disorder" after "stress"; and

(c) by adding the following definition:

"stress-induced mental disorder" means a mental condition that

(a) is diagnosed by a physician or psychologist as a mental disorder described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and

(b) is

(i) a reaction to one or more traumatic events arising out of and in the course of a worker's employment, or

(ii) caused by stressors arising out of and in the course of a worker's employment; (« troubles mentaux causés par le stress »)

3           Section 71.1 is replaced with the following:

Strategic plan of board

71.1        The board must, as soon as possible after the end of each year and not later than April 30, provide the minister with a five-year plan respecting

(a) the strategic direction of the board;

(b) expected trends with respect to workplace injury or illness and the resulting compensation to workers;

(c) a review and a summary of the board's

(i) workplace safety and health policies,

(ii) medical aid policies, and

(iii) prevention activities as described in subsection 54.1(2); and

(d) a description of any significant planned changes to the items set out in clause (c).

4           The following is added after section 71.3 and before the centred heading that follows it:

Report and plan to be published

71.4        The board must publish the report referred to in section 70 and the plan referred to in section 71.1 on its website or through other public means within a reasonable time after each is laid before the Legislative Assembly.

Coming into force

5           This Act comes into force 90 days after the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends The Workers Compensation Act to expand coverage to a stress-induced mental disorder recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This Bill further establishes content requirements for the five-year plans prepared by the Workers Compensation Board and requires both the Board's annual report and the five-year plan to be published.