What is the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition (OWHC)?

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The Ontario Workplace Health Coalition (OWHC) is an incorporated, not-for-profit body. The Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition serves as a unifying structure across the province, helping to facilitate communication among workplace health stakeholders and promoting the importance of using a comprehensive approach to create healthy and safe workplaces in Ontario.

The Ontario Workplace Health Coalition is comprised of:

  • A Board of Directors that provides organizational leadership and direction

  • A Membership who elect the Board of Directors

  • Four Standing Committees related to the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition's core functions

What does the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition do?

The four core functions of the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition are divided into Standing Committees: Communications, Governance, Education & Networking, Membership, and Sustainability.

With the assistance of members and healthy workplace stakeholders, the Coalition has prepared a Healthy Workplace Handbook intended for use in all Ontario workplaces. It was developed to assist Ontario organizations in initiating and sustaining their own healthy workplace programs. As well,the Coalition has developed a Proposal for an Ontario Comprehensive Workplace Health Strategy. The Proposal supports the development of a strategy for comprehensive workplace health (CWH) at the provincial level and aims to establish a common guideline by which Ontario organizations can integrate CWH into their core business plans.

OWHC Goals

Long-Term Goals: 2010-2015

  1. A comprehensive and sustainable Government of Ontario Workplace Health strategy will exist in Ontario.
  2. There will be a growing membership of stakeholders and partners committed to the strategy.
  3. There will be optimal collaboration and coordination so that implementation will be well resourced, effective and efficient.
  4. Ontario organizations will implement a comprehensive approach to healthy workplace as an integral part of their business strategy and operations.

Who is part of the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition?

Stakeholders and partners involved in workplace health including: Public Sector; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); Private Sector; Large Business Employers (100 employees+); Small Business Employers (less than 100 employees); Union/Organized Labour; Workplace Health Service Providers; Ontario Occupational Health and Safety System Partners; Public Health; and Workplace Health Academia/Research.

Read about the OWHC in the 2013 The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey

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OWHC is supported by    Workplace Safety & Prevention Services - A Health & Safety Ontario Partner    and    CCOHS - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety