The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) was established in 2009 as the first research centre in Canada dedicated solely to the study of cancers caused by work. Our vision is the elimination of occupational disease.
OCRC’s founding partners were Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the United Steelworkers. OCRC is currently based at Ontario Health and also receives funding from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of Ontario.
Surveillance: Identify groups of workers where the risks of occupational exposure and disease are highest by developing large-scale data platforms that integrate population, exposure, and disease records
Exposure: Identify occupational exposures and their sources, develop innovative exposure assessment tools, and conduct field studies
Epidemiology: Identify and better understand the causes of occupational disease by conducting new studies, synthesizing results across studies, and predicting the impact of exposures or prevention efforts
In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) as a Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Cancer. This designation is the result of a long-standing partnership between OCRC, CAREX Canada, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as the Americas regional office of the WHO, on occupational cancer research and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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The OCRC Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from the broad occupational health community. It includes members from OCRC’s founding and funding organizations, scientists, employers and workers.
OCRC partners with researchers across Canada, who bring their expertise to OCRC’s research program by collaborating on a variety of projects.
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