It's not just courts that are increasing fines for
safety offences. The Manitoba government has proposed
substantial increases to fines under the Manitoba Workers
If Bill 65 is passed, the top fine under the Workers
Compensation Act for workers would increase to $5,000 (from
$1,500) and the top fine for employers would increase to
$50,000 (from $7,500). The maximum term of imprisonment
for an offence would increase to six months (from three).
Offences under the Workers Compensation Act include
knowingly making a false statement to the Workers Compensation
Board and failing to report a workplace accident giving rise to a
claim for workers' compensation.
The fines under the Workers Compensation Act are
separate from those under the Workplace Safety and Health
Act, which provides for fines of up to $500,000 and a
six-month prison term in cases of workplace accidents or other
incidents involving violations of that Act.
Bill 65 would also establish a "prevention committee"
of the board of directors of the Workers Compensation Board.
As well, it would require the Workers Compensation Board to
undertake activities aimed at the prevention of workplace injury
and illness. In addition, the Bill would give the Workers
Compensation Board authority to inspect workplaces and to require
employers and others to produce documents in connection with timely
and safe return to work and to determine compliance with the
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