Returning to work after a workplace injury starts after you’re hurt or become ill. The first step is to get the healthcare services you need to help you recover. The next step is to start planning for your return to work. Returning to work as soon as physically and safely possible can help your recovery.
Benefits of a Return to Work Plan
- Take an active part in the return to work plan as agreed during all discussions.
- Attend all healthcare appointments and follow your prescribed treatment plan. Take care of your emotional well-being
- Help your healthcare provider understand the type of work you do.
- Keep in touch with your WCB adjudicator or case manager and your employer to let them know how you are feeling. This helps keep you connected to your workplace and helps your employer plan work that you are able to do as you recover.
Your Employer's Role
Your employer usually organizes the return to work process with you and your healthcare provider. Your union may be included, along with your WCB adjudicator or case manager. A plan is developed based on the recommendations of your healthcare provider and what you are able to do when you go back to work.
- Your return to work plan might include modified or alternate duties or reduced hours of work.
- Your employer should also keep in touch with you and support you in your return to work plan.
Legislation requires employers with 25 or more full-time or regular part-time workers to re-employ injured workers who were employed for at least 12 continuous months prior to their injuries.
For more information on re-employment obligations, read our brochure or call 204-954-4321 or 1-855-954-4321 (toll free)
- Your healthcare provider should recommend timelines for your return to work and provide information about your abilities.
- Timelines will indicate the earliest date for your return to safe and suitable modified or alternate duties.
- Your healthcare provider can also share information about your abilities with your employer.
Return to Work – Mona’s Story
Watch Mona’s story for another perspective on return to work.
Questions or Concerns?
Connect With Us!
If your return to work is not going according to plan, the WCB is here to help.
Call your WCB contact or call us:
Toll free: 1-855-954-4321
To report fraud and non-compliance:
Toll free: 1-844-888-8081