Laurentian University Adds Occupational Health and Safety Research Chair
McGuinty Government Supporting Academic Research, Creating Jobs
Ontario is boosting research expertise at Laurentian University.
With support from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the university is establishing a new research chair for occupational health and safety which will help the institution become a centre of expertise in the field. Research will focus on improving workplace quality and employee health and will support seven new jobs, including the research chair and three research assistants.
Investing in northern research is an important part of the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families -- health care and education.
- In 2008, Laurentian University established the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, which supports research by more than 15 faculty members in the field of occupational health and safety.
- Ontario is supporting this project through the NOHFC’s Emerging Technology Program.
- Laurentian University expects the research chair to be in place by January 2014.
“Our government continues to partner with academia to support important research initiatives. I am very pleased that the NOHFC could invest in this research chair and further help establish Laurentian University and Northern Ontario as a leading centre in occupational health and safety.”
“Ontario’s higher education sector conducts more than 41 per cent of Canada’s research and development in that sector. Laurentian University should be commended for its leading-edge work in occupational health and safety research.”
“We thank the NOHFC board members for their support of this project, which will help Laurentian University build a strong foundation of occupational health and safety research and further increase our research intensity, education and training.”