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Ontario launches first review of occupational illnesses

From the Canadian Occupational Safety article, featuring research by Dr. Linn Holness

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is launching its first-ever review of the province’s occupational illness system.

The review will be conducted by the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the Ontario government revealed in a statement on Tuesday. The hospital is an independent research center with expertise in studying complex community health issues.  In partnership with the provincial government, it will evaluate how these illnesses are identified, monitored and prevented in Ontario.

“Ontario has one of the strongest health and safety records in the country, but we need to make sure our system works for everyone. I have tasked this team of independent experts to find a clear path forward that improves supports for injured workers and their families. Change is coming to the system, and we are going to get it done,” says Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development in the statement.

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