As Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, I am pleased to present the Departmental Performance Report for 2015-2016, for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Core to the work of the Centre is the principle that Canadians have a fundamental right to a healthy and safe workplace.
The Centre was created to provide reliable and practical occupational health and safety information and solutions to help employers and employees in Canada to be productive, healthy and safe at work.
Through its programs, services, knowledge, and leadership, CCOHS continued its efforts to advance health and safety in the workplace to improve the lives of the working population in Canada, and to deliver on the priorities set forth in the 2015-2016 Report on Plans and Priorities.
CCOHS partnered and worked with agencies and organizations from across Canada to improve the quality and quantity of the resources and programs it offers, as well as expand the breadth of usage to many different segments of society.
CCOHS engaged stakeholders in regions across the country to share information and learn about their priorities. This year, I had the pleasure of delivering the opening remarks at CCOHS’ Forum 2016. Experts, employers, labour and government representatives shared perspectives about the implications of the changing world of work on occupational health and safety.
We all have a role to play to ensure that Canadians’ right to a healthy and safe workplace is protected. I look forward to working with CCOHS to help create a Canada in which people can thrive in their jobs, safe from work-related illness, injury and harm.
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour