Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s 2024-25 Departmental plan at a glance

A departmental plan describes a department’s priorities, plans and associated costs for the upcoming three fiscal years.

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Key priorities

  • Priority 1: Show national leadership on health and safety issues and be the go-to experts for health and safety guidance.
  • Priority 2: Demonstrate service excellence by simplifying and streamlining processes and enhancing client service delivery.
  • Priority 3: Achieve responsible growth by growing reach and impact and reinvesting to develop new and innovative products and services.
  • Priority 4: Achieve an employee experience that consistently models Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) values and health and safety excellence.

Refocusing Government Spending

In Budget 2023, the government committed to reducing spending by $14.1 billion over the next five years, starting in 2023–24, and by $4.1 billion annually after that.

While not officially part of this spending reduction exercise, CCOHS will respect the spirit of this exercise by reviewing professional services agreements for opportunities to reduce spending in this area.

The figures in this departmental plan reflect these reductions.


A Departmental Results Framework consists of an organization’s core responsibilities, the results it plans to achieve, and the performance indicators that measure progress toward these results.

National Occupational Health and Safety Resource

Departmental results:

  • Canadians and workers in Canada can easily access the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s occupational health and safety information and services.
  • Provide Canadians and workers in Canada with a National repository of key occupational health and safety knowledge, standards, statistics, and information tools that improves dissemination of occupational health and safety related information.
  • Through the facilitation of collaborative initiatives with labour, employers and/or government on emerging occupational health and safety issues and for priority sectors, knowledge outcomes are utilized for the benefit of Canadians and workers throughout Canada.

Planned spending: $7,367,779

Planned human resources: 62.8

For the fiscal year 2024-25, CCOHS will partner with relevant organizations to develop guidance, informational and educational content, and services in a variety of formats that promote positive mental health, chemical safety and prevention of occupational disease and ergonomic injuries. CCOHS will explore the intersectionality of psychological health and safety, harassment, bullying, and violence with human rights, diversity in all its forms, as well as the impacts of climate change. Focus will be on producing guidance that addresses the concerns of workers with vulnerabilities such as newcomers, young and new workers, gig workers including diversity-based concerns, as well as the changing nature of work. Through collaborative initiatives, partnerships, and sector specific relationships across Canada, CCOHS will continue to build the collections of key occupational health and safety knowledge, data and resources that improve dissemination of occupational health, safety and wellness related information. CCOHS will expand the collection of OSH Answers fact sheets offered on the website, which is an information hub for employers seeking information and counsel on traditional occupational safety topics, emerging safety issues, statistics, tools and databases.

CCOHS plans to reach greater audiences and better serve other-abled people by strengthening its accessibility efforts through increased content in a variety of formats including informative videos with closed captions, and podcasts (audio) with transcripts in both official languages, and with the introduction of American Sign Language (ASL) where possible. CCOHS will add to its collection of infographics, posters and fast fact tips cards, offered as free online downloads in print quality format. CCOHS aims to increase usage of its materials and guidance through social media campaigns to disseminate important, timely information and guidance to raise awareness of, and prevent, work-related illnesses and injuries.

With the help of governments and like-minded organizations, unions, and employers across Canada, CCOHS will collaborate to create e-courses, add content to topic-specific microsites, produce tools and informational podcasts, and host events to inspire prevention and good practices across workplaces and among workers. CCOHS will deliver tools, services and solutions that meet the health and safety needs of small and medium-sized businesses; Indigenous enterprises; and workers with vulnerabilities. CCOHS will focus prevention efforts to address hazards in priority sectors including healthcare, government agencies and public administration, and community services.

CCOHS is committed to offering an improved user experience. CCOHS will continue to develop a robust and secure IT infrastructure to support service delivery of all its web-based offerings. Client facing processes will be optimized to eliminate barriers and complexity and implement a continuous improvement approach across the organization to further enhance the level of service provided. CCOHS will modernize the search functionality of the website to provide quick targeted information to the user that will result in increased visits and accesses to informational resources. CCOHS will enhance its decision-making capabilities by collecting and analysing metrics and analytics to inform its work. CCOHS will continue to develop its gateway to information that can be used to shape programs and policy, which will lead to improvements in the workplace and workplace practices.

More information about CCOHS’ plans can be found in the full departmental plan.