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Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program: Call for Proposals

  • Issued: January 2017
  • Content last reviewed: January 2017

The Ministry of Labour is pleased to announce the 2017-18 call for proposals for its Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention 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: maximum $100,000 annually, up to $200,000 per proposal (non-renewable). OHSPIP awards are one-time, non-renewable grants.

Program documents

Program priorities

The 2017-18 OHSPIP will support initiatives that align with the following priorities:

Priority 1: Supporting workplace mental health

Promoting good psychological health and safety in the workplace – increasing employers’ capacity to promote workers’ psychological well-being and prevent harm to their psychological health.

Focus Areas:

  • Training and education for occupations (e.g. first responders) where on-the-job traumatic mental stress/post-traumatic stress disorder can be prevalent.
  • Development of programs or services to support workers dealing with mental health issues.

Priority 2: Mobile equipment hazards

Creating solutions that address the risks of working around vehicles and large pieces of mobile equipment, with a particular focus on reducing incidences of workers struck by tools, vehicles, equipment, falling/flying debris, or by any other object that could cause workplace injuries or fatalities.

Focus Areas:

  • Training, raising awareness, and promoting best practices as they relate to:
    • Driver fitness (e.g. drug impairment, driver fatigue, driver stress)
    • Safety-related attitudes and behaviour (e.g. complacency, failure to properly signal)
    • Driver competency (e.g. road safety training, driving experience)
    • Vehicle factors (e.g. poor vehicle maintenance, automated vehicles)

Priority 3: Occupational disease

Addressing hazardous workplace exposures that result in occupational illnesses and fatalities.

Focus Areas:

  • Training and education, raising awareness, and promoting best practices as they relate to hazardous workplace exposures, specifically focusing on:
    • Diesel engine exhaust
    • Emerging exposures (e.g. nanotechnology)
    • Lung and skin allergens or irritants
    • Noise
  • The surveillance of occupational disease and hazardous exposures in Ontario workplaces.
  • The measurement and collection of hazardous exposure data from workplaces.

Priority 4: Secondary injury prevention

Reducing the impact of a workplace injury after it has occurred, preventing recurrences, and protecting workers from longer-term work-related disabilities.

Focus Areas:

  • Development of tools and strategies to help injured workers avoid re-injury.
  • Development of programs and supports to assist injured workers in returning to full health.

Important dates

Information session: February 6, 2017 (conference call, English and French)
Proposal due date: April 25, 2017

Application Process

Application Submission Instructions:

  • Produce one original package comprising Sections 1-9 and Appendix A of the application form. Include three (3) double-sided copies of the original package.
  • Include a USB drive containing a complete electronic version of the application in a text-based PDF format (not a scanned, graphic format). The electronic file should be named using the following format: “Operating name _ OHSPIP1718”. 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 April 25, 2017. 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, Safety and Prevention 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 preventiongrants@ontario.ca if you do not receive an acknowledgement by noon on May 2, 2017.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held by teleconference on February 6, 2017 in both English and French. If you wish to attend the February 6, 2017 information teleconference, please send an email to preventiongrants@ontario.ca indicating your preferred language no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 2, 2017. The Prevention Office will provide you with the teleconferencing details and time upon confirmation.

Contact information

Any questions related to the 2017-18 OHSPIP should be directed to the:

Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit
Email: preventiongrants@ontario.ca