One of the strengths of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is our ability
partner and collaborate with like-minded organizations and enterprises, contributing our strengths and
tripartite lens to advance health and safety and help make positive change possible.
In 2019-2020 we continued this legacy. With our strategic roadmap to guide us we focused on high
priority issues such as workplace mental health, harassment and violence, impairment, and occupational
disease. We travelled around the country presenting, facilitating and engaging Canadians on practical
ways to prevent and address complaints and unacceptable workplace behaviours, and how to take
action on mental health. We created courses to educate workers and materials to promote prevention
and forged new relationships in the agricultural sector to address their health and safety concerns
including the mental health of farmers. Our social marketing campaigns in partnership with the
Government of Canada encouraged actions on harassment and violence and was widely shared with a
potential audience of more than six million.
In collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada CCOHS developed mental health tools for
healthcare organizations and the paramedic community to assess and promote workplace psychological
health and safety. We also started work on the fourth iteration of Guarding Minds at Work with Canada
Life which will launch in the summer of 2020.
CCOHS strengthened relationships with Indigenous communities by exchanging knowledge and sharing
perspectives on mental health, leadership and occupational health and safety at several conferences
We created construction apps as one-stop access points for occupational health and safety
customized e-courses and expanded existing services across several jurisdictions such as Northwest
Territories and Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
And then in January there was news about a deadly coronavirus. CCOHS was ready with the most current
information on COVID-19 and business continuity planning. In March our world changed forever when
a global pandemic was declared. Businesses closed down, workers went home to work remotely, and
the essential workplaces that continued to serve needed information about COVID-19 and guidance
on how to work safely. CCOHS did what we do best, partnering with the Government of Canada and
other stakeholders to develop credible tips sheets for specific higher risk sectors and occupations.
unlocked relevant courses and publications and made it all available for free on the CCOHS website
and bolstered our Infectious Disease Outbreak portal to provide central access to hundreds of credible
resources from Canada and international agencies. We closed out our year very differently than how we
began it, with most of our efforts focused on COVID-19. One thing remained the same: our commitment
to providing the information and guidance needed to create safe work and protect the health, safety
well-being of workers.
During the year we had several changes to the Council of Governors. We welcomed new appointees
Lori Kennedy (CPR) and Shari Nurse (Canada Post) representing employers, and Judy Kainz (Northwest
Territories) and Susanna Zagar (Ontario) representing their jurisdictions. We said farewell to and
our outgoing Council members for their commitment and service to CCOHS: Ross Nairne (Alberta), Sophie
Denis (Ontario) and Luanne Gallant (Prince Edward Island).
Finally, we would like to thank the members of our hard-working, engaged and committed Council
of Governors for their support over the past year. We are very grateful to all of them for their
leadership and guidance. We also acknowledge and express our appreciation to the CCOHS staff for their
outstanding efforts and achievements throughout the year in advancing health and safety as well as the
important work of CCOHS in Canada and beyond.