Ontario Boosting Safety for Workers
Province Supporting Research Project at the University of Ottawa
Ontario is helping the University of Ottawa carry out research on how age or disease could affect a person's ability to work in a hot environment for long periods at a time.
Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, made the announcement today at the university on behalf of Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.
This is part of Ontario's Research Opportunities Program, which supports projects that will improve occupational health and safety for workers across the province, and help create better workplaces for all hard-working Ontarians. Each year the province funds Ontario universities, health care organizations and research institutes to study topics relating to occupational health and safety. These research findings can help develop appropriate interventions to prevent injuries and illness or inform changes to legislation to improve workplace safety.
Investing in occupational health and safety is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $299,452 for this project, which is part of the province’s $1.7 million Research Opportunities Program. This year, Ontario is supporting nine research projects across the province.
- Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making the province’s workplaces the safest in Canada and among the safest in the world.
“Reducing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities is a top priority for our government, and we’ve made great strides by reducing workplace injuries more than 50 per cent since 2003. But there’s still more work to do, so we’re investing in new research projects that, over time, will deliver significant benefits to employers and workers.”
“The University of Ottawa is a world-class institution that will make a real difference with these new Research Opportunities Program investments. By advancing our knowledge and research, these projects will help improve occupational health and safety across Ontario. Together, we’re ensuring that our workplaces continue to be the safest in Canada and among the safest in the world.”
“We’re pleased to receive the government of Ontario’s support for vital research on worker exposure to heat stress. This type of collaboration paves the way to developing informed and effective policies that can make a real difference in protecting the health and safety of workers in this province.””