Ontario Opens New Clinic For Work-Related Injuries In Ottawa
Province Invests Over $750,000 To Serve Patients In Eastern Ontario
Ontario has opened a new Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Ottawa to help treat and reduce workplace injuries and diseases, closer to home.
Currently, patients in eastern Ontario with workplace injuries or diseases must travel to Toronto or Sudbury for a consultation before they can begin treatment. This new full service clinic in Ottawa will provide clinical, diagnostic and preventative services for workers living in eastern Ontario. Any worker suffering from a workplace injury or occupational disease can begin the process of accessing these services by contacting the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers directly.
With today's grand opening, there are now six fully staffed Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers located across the province in the GTHA, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-London, Sudbury and now Ottawa. Ontario will provide $777,000 in new funding for the clinic with ongoing support every year.
Improving occupational health and safety is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers’ first two clinics, in Hamilton and Toronto, were founded in 1989 as a pilot project developed by the Ontario Federation of Labour, and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour.
- OHCOWs are equipped with unique knowledge and expertise in work-related injuries and illnesses. They have developed 500 occupational health based prevention tools and resources and have responded to 100,000 work related inquiries.
- Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 40 per cent, making the province’s workplaces among the safest in the world.
- In addition to supporting many existing cases, OHCOW clinics currently support approximately 1,000 new cases every year.
“This clinic is an excellent addition to the services provided to injured workers by our government in the region. Ontario is one of the safest jurisdictions in the world to work, and while injuries continue to decrease, there is always more we can do. This OHCOW clinic will become a valuable resource for local workers and will help us all to work together to continue to reduce the number of workplace injuries in the province.”
“We are very excited about having this new clinic open in the nation’s capital. Workers who are injured in eastern Ontario can now get the treatment and rehabilitation that they need more quickly and closer to home. It's an example of how Ontario is putting the needs of the patients first in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“I am pleased that this new Occupational Health Clinic is opening up in Ottawa. This new clinic will both boost support for local workers and expand resources to improve worker safety right across eastern Ontario. This new clinic is all about putting workers first and making sure Ontario continues to be one of the safest places to work in the world.”
“OHCOW provides practical solutions to improve occupational health and safety outcomes. They help workers understand the causes of workplace injury and illnesses, and help those with long-term work-related health problems manage their condition. This new clinic is great news for eastern Ontario workers.”