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May 2020

How IWH research is responding to COVID-19

There is little debate that COVID-19 is dramatically affecting the work and health of people in Canada and around the world, in many different ways. Conducting research to understand the experiences of workers, and the effects of the pandemic on their physical and mental health, is essential. We at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) have begun adjusting our research to address the impact of COVID-19 on different types of work and workers.

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Ontario’s MLTSD and health and safety associations offer guidance on safe operation and reopening of workplaces

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and the province’s four sector-based health and safety associations (HSAs) have guidance available to workplaces on how to operate and reopen safely in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 80 sector-specific guidance documents have been developed by the Ministry and HSAs. A full list is available from the Ontario COVID-19 web page.

Go to the guidance documents

IWH project-based websites point to COVID-19 resources

Two multi-year IWH projects with stand-alone websites have compiled lists of COVID-19 resources for the audiences they serve. The Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED) website, serving workers with episodic disabilities and those who employ them, offers links to the COVID-19 resources available from its project partners. The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP), housed at the Institute, has posted a list of COVID-19 resources related to persons with disabilities.

Go to the ACED resource page

Go to the CRWDP resource listing

Supporting settlement agencies to provide OHS information to newcomers

Newcomers to Canada face a higher risk of workplace injury and illness. That’s due in part to a lack of knowledge about their occupational health and safety (OHS) rights and responsibilities. Settlement agencies can help raise this awareness, but they also need support from the prevention system to do so. That’s according to a recent project involving IWH and several partner organizations.

Read about this project

Is there a link between work conditions and people’s exercise levels outside work?

How much impact do work conditions have on people’s leisure-time physical activities? An IWH study drew on 12 years of data to find a link between exercise levels and work factors such as physical demands, psychological demands, ability to make decisions about how to do one’s job, and opportunities to learn and use new skills.

Read about this study

For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Director of Communications
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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