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2018-19 Departmental Plan
Every Canadian has the right to healthy, safe, and inclusive workplaces free of harassment and violence.
As Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, I am pleased to present the 2018-2019 Departmental Plan for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
The CCOHS promotes and protects the physical and mental health and total well-being of working Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, employers, labour and community organizations, the CCOHS provides Canadians with the resources they need to create safe and healthy workplaces and prevent work-related injuries and illness.
Our government is committed to ensuring all Canadian workplaces are healthy and safe. Making health and safety in the workplace a priority is good for employers and workers. Healthy and safe workplaces increase employee satisfaction and productivity, reduces absenteeism and increases employee retention.
Productive, healthy and safe workplaces are at the core of our decision to support flexible work arrangements, end harassment and violence in the workplace, ban asbestos and modernize federal labour standards. Canadian families and our economy benefit when workers have a safe and healthy workplace.
I look forward to continuing our work with CCOHS to ensure that all Canadians can thrive in the workplace.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Plans at a glance
As Canada's national occupational health and safety resource, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is dedicated to the advancement of workplace health and safety. We do this by providing information and knowledge transfer services; education through e-learning; cost-effective tools and management systems for improving occupational health and safety programs and performance; injury and illness prevention initiatives; and by promoting the total well-being – physical, psychosocial and mental health - of working people in Canada.
CCOHS plans to increase its national profile to increase awareness of workplace health and safety issues and prevention information, as well as products and services CCOHS offers to the public. To achieve this objective, CCOHS will offer webcasts, podcasts, newsletters as well as tools and communications assets to inform users on current, relevant topics. CCOHS will continue to engage users in every province and territory by presenting at and participating in events across the country and through their social media channels encouraging further dissemination and sharing of information. It will build on the momentum of their media outreach program to be the go-to resource. CCOHS will also continue to provide leadership in addressing current workplace health and safety issues such as mental health, young and new workers, and high risk sectors under federal and provincial jurisdiction such as healthcare, construction, transportation, and mining.
CCOHS will continue its efforts to affect change in Canadian workplaces to reduce workplace accidents and injuries. By equipping people with the information, tools and solutions they need to work safely and create healthy and safe workplaces, we believe this will result in reductions in work-related illness, injuries and death. CCOHS will work closely with unions, employers, and governments to create solutions that help address the hazards in their workplaces. CCOHS will also continue to partner with jurisdictions and other health and safety organizations to develop educational resources and technical solutions that address their needs which will lead to improvements in the workplace and workplace practices.
CCOHS plans to upgrade internal infrastructures and improve processes to achieve greater efficiencies and improve the delivery of services. By leveraging the use of technology to provide innovative solutions, such as the development of mobile apps, workplaces and workers can assess risks, and easily gain access to relevant legislation and helpful occupational health and safety information offered by CCOHS.
For more information on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s plans, priorities and planned results, see the “Planned results” section of this report.
Planned results: what we want to achieve this year and beyond
National Occupational Health and Safety Resource
Internal Services are those groups of related activities and resources that the federal government considers to be services in support of programs and/or required to meet corporate obligations of an organization. Internal Services refers to the activities and resources of the 10 distinct service categories that support Program delivery in the organization, regardless of the Internal Services delivery model in a department. The 10 service categories are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.
Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2018–19 Main Estimates
2018–19 Planned Spending
2019–20 Planned Spending
2020–21 Planned Spending
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
2018–19 Planned full-time equivalents
2019–20 Planned full-time equivalents
2020–21 Planned full-time equivalents
Internal Services at CCOHS continues to focus on its three main goals:
CCOHS continues to sharpen its focus on the cost recovery program in order to support the strategic outcome of the organization. A successful cost recovery program is key to ensuring the sustainability of CCOHS operations.
CCOHS is also committed to improving the overall working experience at CCOHS. This includes improving the performance management system, fostering open communications and consistent and equal treatment of staff across the organization.
CCOHS will continue to refresh its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure to ensure it continues to meet the ongoing needs of CCOHS stakeholders.
The total planned spending reported in 2015-16 and 2016-17 includes Parliamentary appropriations and revenue sources including main estimates, recoveries and the use of cash respendable revenues pursuant to section 6(1)(g) of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Act. The total planned statutory revenue amount for fiscal 2017-2018 includes a forecasted respendable revenue amount of $501,000 and a forecasted statutory EBP amount that is expected to increase from the level planned in the above chart and is forecasted to be within prior year levels.
Fiscal 2018-19 to 2020-21 planned spending represents authorities approved in the 2018-19 Main Estimates and do not represent the use of CCOHS’ respendable revenues, as respendable revenues are only reported upon the actual disbursement of the funds within the fiscal year. Fiscal 2018-19 to 2020-21 Statutory EBP spending is expected to be in line with 2015-16 and 2016-17 levels and will be offset by statutory respendable revenues.
Budgetary planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (dollars)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services
2017–18 Forecast spending
2018–19 Main Estimates
2018–19 Planned spending
2019–20 Planned spending
2020–21 Planned spending
National Occupational Health and Safety Resource
Planned human resources
Human resources planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (full-time equivalents)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services
National Occupational Health and Safety Resource
The slight decrease in the actual full-time equivalents in 2016-17 and 2017-18 is due to two vacancies which will be filled during fiscal 2018-19. Four other positions are forecasted to be added in 2019-20. Some of these costs will be offset by an increase in cost recovery revenues.
Estimates by vote
For information on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s organizational appropriations, consult the 2018–19 Main Estimates.
Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
The Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.
Because the Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.
Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31, 2019 (dollars)
2017–18 Forecast results
2018–19 Planned results
Difference (2018–19 Planned results minus 2017–18 Forecast results)
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers
An increase in project based revenues is planned for 2018-19 which will focus on serving high risk sectors such as healthcare, construction, transportation and mining. Additional revenues from the development of mobile apps and mental health workshops are also expected to contribute to the reduction of the net cost of operations.
Appropriate minister(s): The Honourable Patricia A Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Institutional head: vacant
Ministerial portfolio: Employment and Social Development Canada, Labour Program
“Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do” is available on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s website.
Operating context and key risks
Information on operating context and key risks is available on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s website.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2018–19 are shown below:
Departmental Results Framework
Core Responsibility: National Occupational Health and Safety Resource
Canadians can easily access the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's occupational health and safety information and services
Number of Canadian web sessions promoting occupational health and safety information
Number of Social Media impressions promoting occupational health and safety information where the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety was referenced as the source
Percentage of Canadian users of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's website who indicated that information was easy to access
Canadians have increased awareness of occupational health and safety issues in the workplace
Number of National media sightings promoting occupational health and safety information where the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety was referenced as the source
Number of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety podcast listens promoting occupational health and safety information
Percentage of Canadian users of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's website who indicated that their awareness of occupational health and safety has increased as a result of the information and/or resources provided
Occupational health and safety information is used to improve workplace practices
Percentage of subscribers to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's Health and Safety Report who say they use the information to make current or planned changes in their workplace that might improve occupational health and safety
Percentage of Safety InfoLine users who say they use the information to make current or planned changes in their workplace that might improve occupational health and safety
Program: Occupational health and safety information and services
Concordance between the Departmental Results Framework and the Program Inventory, 2018–19, and the Program Alignment Architecture, 2017–18
2018–19 Core Responsibilities and Program Inventory
2017–18 Lowest-level program of the Program Alignment Architecture
Percentage of lowest-level Program Alignment Architecture program (dollars) corresponding to the program in the Program Inventory
Core Responsibility 1:
National Occupational Health and Safety Resource
Occupational health and safety information development, delivery services and tripartite collaboration
Supporting information on the Program Inventory
Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources, and results related to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.
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Organizational contact information
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
135 Hunter Street East
Hamilton ON L8N 1M5
1-800-668-4284 Canada and US
Fax: 905-572-2206 www.ccohs.ca
Vice President, Operations
905-572-2981, extension 4537
appropriation (crédit) Any authority of Parliament to pay money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
budgetary expenditures (dépenses budgétaires) Operating and capital expenditures; transfer payments to other levels of government, organizations or individuals; and payments to Crown corporations.
Core Responsibility (responsabilité essentielle) An enduring function or role performed by a department. The intentions of the department with respect to a Core Responsibility are reflected in one or more related Departmental Results that the department seeks to contribute to or influence.
Departmental Plan (Plan ministériel) A report on the plans and expected performance of appropriated departments over a three year period. Departmental Plans are tabled in Parliament each spring.
Departmental Result (résultat ministériel) Any change or changes that the department seeks to influence. A Departmental Result is often outside departments’ immediate control, but it should be influenced by Program-level outcomes.
Departmental Result Indicator (indicateur de résultat ministériel) A factor or variable that provides a valid and reliable means to measure or describe progress on a Departmental Result.
Departmental Results Framework (cadre ministériel des résultats) The department’s Core Responsibilities, Departmental Results and Departmental Result Indicators.
Departmental Results Report (Rapport sur les résultats ministériels) A report on the actual accomplishments against the plans, priorities and expected results set out in the corresponding Departmental Plan.
experimentation(expérimentation) Activities that seek to explore, test and compare the effects and impacts of policies, interventions and approaches, to inform evidence-based decision-making, by learning what works and what does not.
full time equivalent (équivalent temps plein) A measure of the extent to which an employee represents a full person year charge against a departmental budget. Full time equivalents are calculated as a ratio of assigned hours of work to scheduled hours of work. Scheduled hours of work are set out in collective agreements.
gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+)(analyse comparative entre les sexes plus [ACS+]) An analytical process used to help identify the potential impacts of policies, programs and services on diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people. The “plus” acknowledges that GBA goes beyond sex and gender differences to consider multiple identity factors that intersect to make people who they are (such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability).
government-wide priorities (priorités pangouvernementales) For the purpose of the 2018–19 Departmental Plan, government-wide priorities refers to those high-level themes outlining the government’s agenda in the 2015 Speech from the Throne, namely: Growth for the Middle Class; Open and Transparent Government; A Clean Environment and a Strong Economy; Diversity is Canada's Strength; and Security and Opportunity.
horizontal initiatives (initiative horizontale) An initiative in which two or more federal organizations, through an approved funding agreement, work toward achieving clearly defined shared outcomes, and which has been designated (by Cabinet, a central agency, etc.) as a horizontal initiative for managing and reporting purposes.
Management, Resources and Results Structure (Structure de la gestion, des ressources et des résultats) A comprehensive framework that consists of an organization’s inventory of programs, resources, results, performance indicators and governance information. Programs and results are depicted in their hierarchical relationship to each other and to the Strategic Outcome(s) to which they contribute. The Management, Resources and Results Structure is developed from the Program Alignment Architecture.
non-budgetary expenditures (dépenses non budgétaires)
Net outlays and receipts related to loans, investments and advances, which change the composition of the financial assets of the Government of Canada.
performance (rendement) What an organization did with its resources to achieve its results, how well those results compare to what the organization intended to achieve, and how well lessons learned have been identified.
performance indicator (indicateur de rendement) A qualitative or quantitative means of measuring an output or outcome, with the intention of gauging the performance of an organization, program, policy or initiative respecting expected results.
performance reporting (production de rapports sur le rendement) The process of communicating evidence based performance information. Performance reporting supports decision making, accountability and transparency.
planned spending (dépenses prévues) For Departmental Plans and Departmental Results Reports, planned spending refers to those amounts presented in the Main Estimates.
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plan (plan) The articulation of strategic choices, which provides information on how an organization intends to achieve its priorities and associated results. Generally a plan will explain the logic behind the strategies chosen and tend to focus on actions that lead up to the expected result.
priority (priorité) A plan or project that an organization has chosen to focus and report on during the planning period. Priorities represent the things that are most important or what must be done first to support the achievement of the desired Departmental Results.
Program (programme) Individual or groups of services, activities or combinations thereof that are managed together within the department and focus on a specific set of outputs, outcomes or service levels.
Program Alignment Architecture (architecture d’alignement des programmes) 1 A structured inventory of an organization’s programs depicting the hierarchical relationship between programs and the Strategic Outcome(s) to which they contribute. 1Under the Policy on Results, the Program Alignment Architecture has been replaced by the Program Inventory.
results (résultat) An external consequence attributed, in part, to an organization, policy, program or initiative. Results are not within the control of a single organization, policy, program or initiative; instead they are within the area of the organization’s influence.
statutory expenditures (dépenses législatives) Expenditures that Parliament has approved through legislation other than appropriation acts. The legislation sets out the purpose of the expenditures and the terms and conditions under which they may be made.
Strategic Outcome (résultat stratégique) A long term and enduring benefit to Canadians that is linked to the organization’s mandate, vision and core functions.
sunset program (programme temporisé) A time limited program that does not have an ongoing funding and policy authority. When the program is set to expire, a decision must be made whether to continue the program. In the case of a renewal, the decision specifies the scope, funding level and duration.
target (cible) A measurable performance or success level that an organization, program or initiative plans to achieve within a specified time period. Targets can be either quantitative or qualitative.
voted expenditures (dépenses votées) Expenditures that Parliament approves annually through an Appropriation Act. The Vote wording becomes the governing conditions under which these expenditures may be made.