OCRC launches the Occupational Disease Surveillance Program website

March 26, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Our new website,, focuses on surveillance of occupational diseases and workplace exposures.

Dutch Committee on Occupational Safety releases report on diesel engine exhaust

March 13, 2019 - 10:27 am

The Committee has determined that there is no safe exposure concentration below which no adverse health effects occur.

World Cancer Day 2019

February 04, 2019 - 9:29 am

The goal of World Cancer Day is to raise awareness, mobilize action, and inspire change to reduce the impact of cancer worldwide. Occupational exposures such as diesel exhaust remain under-recognized causes of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Outdoor workers have 3 times greater risk of skin cancer

October 16, 2018 - 11:33 am

Approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to sun at work and around 7,000 skin cancers were attributed to occupational exposure to the sun in 2014.  Additionally, outdoor workers have a 2.5 to 3.5 times greater risk of skin cancer than indoor workers. The results are released in a collaborative study of the Occupational Cancer Research …

Workplace cancer study gives recommendations to help protect workers

October 16, 2018 - 11:04 am

A new report published by Cancer Care Ontario and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre is now examining how workers are exposed to certain carcinogens in the workplace and aims to help better protect workers from developing the disease while on job. To read the article, click here.  

Almost half of 250 reassessed WSIB claims for Peterborough GE workers rejected

August 08, 2018 - 9:25 am

After the promise by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to review 250 rejected claims by General Electric Peterborough Workers, almost half the claims were upheld as rejection. Click here to read article.  

Researchers raise concerns for worker health in Ontario’s e-waste sector

May 28, 2018 - 12:26 pm

“We know from other studies these chemicals have been associated with endocrine disruption, neurological impacts, reproductive effects, even cancer,” says Dr. Victoria Arrandale, scientist with Toronto-based Occupational Cancer Research Centre and part of a team of researchers looking into FR exposure levels at an Ontario e-waste facility. For more information, please click here.

Ontario Increases Cancer Coverage for Firefighters

April 20, 2018 - 3:20 pm

Ontario is making it easier for firefighters to get the help and care they need by extending the presumption for entitlement to benefits to cervical, ovarian and penile cancers.

GE retirees, wives and children continue fight with WSIB despite hardships

April 20, 2018 - 1:49 pm

On Wednesday (April 18), a meeting was held for the group of retirees from Peterborough General Electric, their wives, widows, son and daughters to discuss the updates and hear how people’s claims are being processed. The main problem was the struggle to get the WSIB to connect exposure to multiple chemicals to numerous cancers and …

Government plans to review handling of workplace cancers in wake of GE Peterborough case

April 16, 2018 - 11:45 am

On Friday April 13th, the office of Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the release that the provincial government plans to review the way work-related cancers are evaluated in Ontario to ensure that the most current medical science is used to determine whether a former worker ought to receive compensation. The announcement comes as the …