HAMILTON, ONT. — The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will receive $2.5 million over the next two years to provide guidance, tools and resources to protect workers and businesses health and safety during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement was made Sept. 10 by federal Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CCOHS has published health and safety tip sheets on its website, made e-learning courses available free of charge and provided an online space, Pandemic Info Share, where businesses can share resources and advice, indicates a release.
The new funding enables CCOHS to continue its work including creating more sector-specific guidance and new e-learning tools during the pandemic.
The funding is part of a co-ordinated response by federal, provincial and territorial governments, public health authorities and CCOHS to the pandemic.
“The need for reliable information and tools to protect the health of workers has never been greater,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO of the CCOHS, in a statement. “This funding support from the Labour Program will give CCOHS even greater capacity to provide health and safety guidance and learning modules for specific higher-risk sectors and occupations. This will help employers quickly gain the knowledge they need to ensure a safe and orderly reopening and return to work for all.”