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Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program: Call for Proposals

The Ministry of Labour is pleased to announce the 2016-17 call for proposals for its Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP).


OHSPIP’s objective is to support workplace-focused innovation projects and collaborative partnerships that lead to improvements in occupational health and safety in Ontario.

Program overview
Interested applicants should review the OHSPIP Guidelines for more information.

Project duration: up to 24 months

Funding available: up to $200,000 per proposal (non-renewable)

Program priorities:
The OHSPIP aligns with the priorities defined in the Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces: A Strategy for Transforming Occupational Health & Safety.

The 2016-17 OHSPIP will support initiatives that align with the following priorities:

Priority 1: Workplace Mental Health

The Workplace Mental Health priority is focused on raising awareness of the importance of good psychological health and safety in the workplace, and increasing employers’ capacity to promote workers’ psychological well-being and prevent harm to their psychological health.

Focus Areas
The Workplace Mental Health priority focuses on initiatives that address:
    •    the promotion of psychologically healthy workplaces;
    •    psychological hazards;
    •    traumatic mental stress; and
    •    psychological harm.

Priority 2: High Hazards
The High Hazards priority’s objective is to create solutions that address some of the most common causes of workplace injuries and fatalities.

Focus Areas
The High Hazards priority focuses on initiatives that address:
    •    falls from heights;
    •    motor vehicle incidents (MVIs);
    •    musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs); and
    •    sector-specific high hazards.

Priority 3: Youth and Young Workers
The Youth and Young Workers priority is focused on increasing the health and safety awareness of youth and positively influencing their behaviours, as well as targeted workplace interventions.

Focus Areas
The Youth and Young Workers priority focuses on initiatives that address:
    •    training, raising awareness and promoting best practices as they relate to:
    ◦    entry into the workforce;
    ◦    newness on the job; and
    ◦    type of work (temporary, seasonal, unpaid internships, co-op students).

Applicants should select the priority that best fits the nature and focus of their project.

Important dates
Information session: September 24, 2015 (conference call, English and French)
Proposal due date: December 4, 2015

Click here for more information and to download the Application Package.