Led by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), the Occupational Disease Surveillance Program (ODSP) aims to develop systems to monitor patterns and trends in occupational disease in Ontario. The OCRC is an applied research centre focused on the study and prevention of cancers and other diseases caused by work. Its research program includes surveillance-focused projects to identify the industries, occupations, and workers where the risks of occupational diseases are the highest. The Centre receives core funding from Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. For more information, visit the OCRC website.
The ODSP initiative will contribute to improved surveillance of occupational exposure and disease. It will increase the capacity to identify high-risk populations, and provide the evidence needed to implement effective prevention strategies in Ontario. The Program is jointly funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Additional project-specific funding was also received from Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and WorkSafe BC.