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Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program
Call for Proposals

  • Issued: September 4, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: September 2015

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

Please note that this information is provided as an overview only; 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

Application Process

Application Submission Instructions:

  • Produce one original package comprising Sections 1-9 and Appendix A. Include ten (10) double-sided copies of the original package.
  • Include a USB drive containing a complete electronic version of the application in PDF format (not a scanned copy). The electronic file should be named using the following format: “ Short organization name _ OHSPIP1617”. Please limit the number of files on the USB drive to three or fewer.
  • The original package, double-sided copies and USB drive must be sent by courier, registered mail or delivered in person to the address below.

Completed applications must be received by the ministry no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 4, 2015. Late submissions will be disqualified from further consideration.

Please send your completed application (courier, mail or in person) along with all other required materials to:

Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program
Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit
Strategy and Integration Branch
Prevention Office
Ministry of Labour
10 Dundas Street East, 8th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 0B2

The Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit will acknowledge receipt of all applications by e-mail. Please contact if you do not receive an acknowledgement by noon on December 18, 2015.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held by teleconference on September 24, 2015 in both English and French. If you wish to attend the September 24th information teleconference, please send an email to indicating your preferred language no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2015. The Prevention Office will provide you with the teleconferencing details and time upon confirmation.

Contact information

Any questions related to the 2016-2017 OHSPIP should be directed to the:

Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit