Terms and Conditions

By accessing this website, you are agreeing to the Occupational Cancer Research Centre’s (OCRC) Terms and Conditions. Please review them carefully. If you are having difficulties accessing the Terms and Conditions, or any links provided as part of these Terms and Conditions, please contact us at ocrc@ontariohealth.ca.

Website Terms and Conditions

Acceptable use of this website

We require that you follow several simple rules when accessing or using this website. You must not:

  1. use this website in violation of any law, rule or regulation
  2. interfere with or disrupt this website or any of our computer systems, servers, networks, databases, software, hardware or equipment used by or for this website
  3. interfere with the use or enjoyment of this website by others
  4. introduce code which is disruptive or harmful
  5. attempt to gain unauthorized access to our computer systems, servers, networks, databases, software, hardware or equipment, including to: user-restricted areas of this website; logins and passwords of others; or personal information and personal accounts of others


Unless we inform you otherwise, content on this website is protected by Canadian and other national and international copyright, trademark and other laws. Our prior authorization, in writing, must be obtained before you use or reproduce anything from this website, unless the content is for personal use.


The official symbol of the OCRC, or any other trademarks used on this website, whether registered or unregistered, may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without our prior authorization which you must receive in writing from us.

Links to other websites and social media platforms

Our website may include links to external websites and social media platforms. We have included them because they may be of interest to you or relate to our content. To be clear, providing a link to them does not mean that we endorse or recommend them to you.

Also, external websites and social media platforms are controlled and maintained by other people, so we cannot ensure that the link will still work when you click on it or that the service or content is useful, appropriate, virus-free or reliable. Therefore, you need to decide for yourself whether you want to follow any link or agree to receive or rely on any service or content that is made available to you.

Disclaimer of warranty / Limitation of liability

We cannot make this website as current, informative, and interactive as possible without the important legal disclaimers of warranty and liability set out below. Please do not skip this section.

Warranty disclaimer

Use of this website and its contents is at your own risk. This website and all its contents are provided “As Is”. You must not rely on any content published on or linked to this website without first making your own inquiries to verify if it is accurate, current, and complete. We do not make, and expressly disclaim, any representations, warranties, covenants and conditions, express or implied, arising out of operation of law, course of performance, course of dealing, usage of trade or otherwise, including any express or implied warranties and conditions of: merchantability; merchantable quality; fitness for a particular purpose; non-infringement; safety; quality; freedom from defects or that defects will be corrected; uninterrupted, virus-free or error-free use of this website; or accuracy, currency, reliability, completeness or appropriateness relating to the content of this website.

Limitation of liability

Under no circumstances will OCRC and its directors, employees, agents, and independent contractors have any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage whatsoever (including without limitation direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary or other damages, and including without limitation to any loss of profit, costs, expenses, harm to business, business interruption, reputation, loss of information or programs or data, loss of savings, loss of revenue, loss of goodwill, loss of tangible or intangible property, legal fees or legal costs, wasted management or office time or damages of any kind whatsoever), whether based in contract, tort, negligence or any other legal basis, arising out of or in connection with this website, any linked website or linked social media platform (including without limitation any damages suffered as a result of the use, inability to use, failure of, or any omissions or inaccuracies in, this website, any linked websites or linked social media platforms, or any of the services or content of the foregoing), even if Ontario Health has been specifically advised of the possibility of such damage or loss, or if such damage or loss was foreseeable.


OCRC reserves the right to supplement, remove, or modify these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice. Please check this website regularly for any changes. If you continue to use this website following a change to these Terms and Conditions, you will be deemed to have accepted the changes.

If any term or condition set out here is held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions will continue in full force. These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and deemed to be entered into by you in the Province of Ontario.

Social Media Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions apply to you when you communicate with OCRC through social media websites so please read them carefully. Some of our social media accounts may have more detailed terms of use. Please check each account’s ‘bio’ or ‘about’ page (for example) for more information about these terms.

What you can expect from our online updates

Our accounts vary in terms of frequency and content. We will publish helpful information and information about our current projects and accomplishments, and link you to more detailed information and resources when available. We may not respond to public replies (e.g. an @-reply on Twitter or a comment in a Facebook status update thread) or direct messages.

While we may moderate posts, we are not required to, nor should you expect that we will, take action in response to any content posted on our page or feed. The views expressed by others represent their own views and are not endorsed or approved by us, nor do we endorse or approve any events or other activities posted by a user.

OCRC supports an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and respectful work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. Any conduct that is discriminatory or harassing will be removed, and the user may be banned from future use of OCRC channels.

Things to consider:

  • Accounts will be monitored during normal business hours, unless otherwise specified — during this time we will try to respond to your questions where appropriate.
  • Comments which do not follow our Terms and Conditions or one or more of the following rules may be removed, and users that ignore these comment policies may be banned.
  • For any matter that is confidential, or too complicated for posting to the public, please contact us.
  • Depending on the volume of posts received, we cannot commit to responding to everyone.
  • Don’t forget that the social media service providers (such as Twitter or Facebook) also have additional or different terms of use. You should carefully review the terms and conditions that apply to you before using the particular social media service.
  • Although we will work hard to help you, we can’t guarantee that we will understand your question completely or answer it accurately. By contacting us through a social media site, you acknowledge that any response we provide to you through the same site:
    • is intended to provide helpful information or resources; and
    • is not considered to be definitive advice or guaranteed to solve your issue

Commenting policy

  • Stay on topic. We encourage focused, thoughtful comments and discussion which respond to or relate to a particular topic, new initiative or upcoming event. Comments which are not related to our content or attempt to derail the conversation may be removed.
  • Be respectful. If you choose to post content, please keep in mind that you must not:
  1. mislead us or anyone else as to your identity or the origin of the posted content, or falsely claim to represent a person, organization or entity
  2. post or transmit any message, content or link to content that:
    • you either do not own or do not have the necessary rights to post or transmit;
    • is in violation of any law, rule or regulation or any third party right, or promotes illegal activity or conduct that would contravene any law, rule or regulation or third party right;
    • is abusive, hateful, homophobic, discriminatory, malicious, aggressive, threatening, violent, sexist, harassing, inflammatory, indecent, tortious, defamatory, knowingly false, misleading, deceptive, vulgar, obscene, offensive, scandalous, sexually explicit, profane;
    • incites hatred, racism, bigotry, discrimination or physical harm of any kind against any individual or class of individuals based on a protected ground in the Ontario Human Rights Code, including: ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding) or sexual orientation.
    • is unsolicited or unauthorized, such as unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional material, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letter,” “pyramid scheme,” or any other form of solicitation (commercial or otherwise);
    • is in breach of any confidence;
    • includes personal data or information about others; or
    • can result in us being liable to anyone else under any intellectual property rights law.

We may not respond to posts that violate any of these rules and we may notify the social media service provider of your violation. If we suffer costs or damages as a result of your violating these rules, we expect you to cover our costs and damages.

We reserve the right not to keep any content that you post on our page or feed, and to remove, edit or move, at any time, any content posted which does not comply with these Terms and Conditions or which is otherwise objectionable in light of prevailing community standards.

We will cooperate with law enforcement officials and comply with any court order with respect to any claim or investigation due to any content posted and will provide such content and provide information regarding your identity as well as other relevant information.

  • Avoid posting personal or confidential information. Our social media accounts are public, and posts are visible to the public. Therefore, please don’t post any personal information about you or anyone else.
  • Do not solicit personal information from other users. All or part of any posts containing personal or confidential information (e.g. a person’s home address, health card number) may be removed.
  • Use informative links. If you provide external links for citations or advancing discussion through additional information, do not post links to advertising or solicitation content, spam/malware or other irrelevant material.

To the extent that we collect any personal information through a social media website, we will handle it according to what we say in our Privacy Statement.

Who to contact for more information

Questions or comments regarding the collection of personal information by OCRC? Please contact ocrc@ontariohealth.ca.

Note that inquiries submitted to OCRC by email may not be secure. Please do not include personal health information including health card numbers in your correspondence.