12/22/2015 21:33 EST | Updated 12/22/2016 00:12 EST

Manitoba Workers Compensation Board to start recognizing PTSD in new year

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Workers Compensation Board will soon recognize post-traumatic stress disorder as a work-related disease.

Starting Jan. 1, anyone diagnosed by a medical professional after a traumatic event on the job will be eligible for treatment and compensation.

Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, says while it’s not a very common disease, getting people help is critical.

Rebeck says the new legislation will hasten the process to allow people to access treatment.

Premier Greg Selinger calls it compassionate but smart legislation.



The Canadian Press