Ontario Supporting Workplace Mental Health and Wellness in Guelph
Province Helping Youth, Teachers and Parents with New Awareness Program
Ontario is supporting the mental health and wellness of workers by partnering with the Career Education Council in Guelph to develop an occupational health and safety awareness program for youth, teachers and parents.
The partnership is focused on supporting employers and those who provide employment-related services to these vulnerable workers, including co-op teachers and employment service providers, and will:
- Develop and deploy education programming and provide customized, widely accessible resources, including an App
- Support the mental health and wellness of vulnerable employees such as young workers and new Canadians, as well as workers in their second career, who work in stressful front-line positions such as retail, call centres, hospitality services and the health care sector
This investment is part of the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program (OHSPIP), which supports workplace-focused innovation projects and collaborative partnerships that lead to improvements in occupational health and safety in Ontario.
Improving occupational health and safety is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Through the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program (OHSPIP), Ontario is investing $183,065.
- The 2017-18 funding for OHSPIP is about $1.68 million.
- 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.
“By working with excellent partners like the Career Education Council on advancing mental health support, we can make a real difference for our workforce. This is how Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program projects are helping Ontario to move forward on our goal of ensuring every worker goes home safe at the end of their shift.”
“Support from programs such as the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program are helping to make Ontario jobs among the safest in the world. I want to congratulate the Career Education Council on helping to make that a reality here in Guelph.”