WorkSafeBC – 2021 Innovation at Work research grant competition is now open

Do you have an idea that could help improve workplace health and safety?

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Innovation at Work research grant competition is now open. These grants support small-scale research projects that lead to practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues.

Grant details:

  • Grants are generally up to $50,000 for one year
  • Multiple grants are available each year
  • Open to all Canadian residents
  • No specific education or training is required
  • Projects should align with our research priorities

This grant is aimed primarily at non-academic researchers, such as workers, employers, unions, and health and safety associations. Academic researchers are also eligible but require a non-academic team member who takes an active role in the project.

Application deadline: February 12, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST.

The application form and other documents are available on our website, including Frequently Asked Questions and Grant Writing Tips to help you prepare your application.

We can help!

We encourage applicants to reach out to us with any questions or for assistance in completing their application.

Please feel free to share this information with your members and encourage them to apply. Do you have a webpage or newsletter this opportunity can be posted to?

Thank you,
Research Services
Office of Learning, Leading, Sharing – Research and Library Services
6951 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC

CNA Now special edition – Certification Program / Édition spéciale d’ActuAIIC – Programme de certification

Interested in a specialty nursing credential?

There’s only a very short time left to apply for CNA certification this year! Deadline is September 10.

As a nursing professional or a member of CNA, we encourage you to consider earning a national credential in your nursing specialty. Being CNA certified shows that you’re committed to an advanced standard of professional competence and have a comprehensive understanding of your nursing specialty.

Read the full Special Edition – Certification Program

New Toolkit for the prevention and management of skin damage due to PPE

A team of NSWOCC Members has worked diligently over the past week in order to address the issue of prevention and management of skin damage due to personal protective equipment. Their collective efforts have resulted in NSWOCC launching a tool kit in order  to support NSWOCs and all health-care professionals wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The use of PPE has had a dramatic increase since the onset on COVID-19. NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE skin related skin injuries called Prevention & Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The tool kit contains the following information:

  1. Best practice recommendation document
  2. Quick Reference Enabler
  3. Educational video
  4. Teaching powerpoint 

The PPE Tool Kit can be accessed by clicking here:

This PPE Tool Kit is intended to highlight the emerging concern of PPE-related skininjury and to provide prevention and management solutions for potential PPE related skin injury. Individuals may require a repeat mask fit testing to ensure prevention and management efforts do not interfere with PPE efficacy.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each healthcare professional to verify with their institutional infection control team that any measure taken to prevent or manage PPE-related skin injuries do not interfere with the efficacy of the PPE nor are in contravention to any workplace policy.

Thank you to NSWOCC members Kimberly Leblanc, Corey Heerschap, Britney Butt, and Julia Bresnai who have made this tool kit happen. 

Any questions about the toolkit can be sent to Catherine Harley at

Information about Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) available on CNA website

CNA has added links to resources about the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on their website.

It contains links to resources that the Public Health Agenda of Canada (PHAC) is making available in both official languagles. We encourage you to share with your members and post on your website.

  • WHO has declared this to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. 
  • Links to additional resources.
  • Embedded PHAC and WHO twitter feeds.



Call for Network Director on CNA board — deadline: March 1, 2020

CNA is launching the call for nominations for the Network Director on the CNA board of directors. The term of this position is June 2020 to June 2022.

Attached are the following documents:
Nomination Guidelines (English and French)
Roles and Responsibilities (English and French)
Network Director Time Commitment (English and French)

The deadline to submit nomination packages is March 1, 2020.

Nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted online:

Please e-mail Elizabeth Morin at if you have any questions about this process.

Invitation to Provide Feedback on Federal Legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying – Deadline January 27

In response to recent court rulings in Quebec, the federal government has committed to “moving forward in a responsible way with legislation that responds to the court case”. Part of that includes a public consultation, in both both official languages.


The consultation was announced and opened on Monday, January 13, 2020 and will remain open for two weeks only, closing at midnight on Monday, January 27th, 2020. We encourage you to submit a response on behalf of your organization, and also share widely with your members, encouraging them to respond and share as they see appropriate.

If you can’t open the link from this e-mail, copy and paste the url into your internet browser.

Elizabeth Morin
Member & Network Specialist

Institute for Work and Health Annual Report

Typically released in the fall of every year, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s Annual Report takes a look back at the previous fiscal year. The report includes a theme-based narrative on the fiscal year’s research and knowledge transfer and exchange activities, a look at the year in numbers, and the report of the independent auditors based on their annual review of the Institute’s financial statements.

The 2018/19 Annual Report highlights the Institute’s work during the fiscal year ending March 2019 that illustrates what research can do in five areas: reveal emerging issues, offer solutions, point to best practices, evaluate effectiveness and strengthen global standards.The last of these describes the Institute’s role as a national co-host of the 2020 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

WorkSafeBC 2020 Innovation at Work Research Grant Competition

Hello Canadian Association for Occupational Health Nurses,

Do you have an idea that could help improve workplace health and safety?

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2020 Innovation at Work research grant competition. These grants support small-scale research projects that lead to the development of practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues.

Award details:

  • Awards are generally up to $50,000 for one year
  • Multiple awards available each year
  • No specific education or training required
  • Projects should align with our research priorities.

Any Canadian resident may apply for this competition. There are no specific education or training requirements needed. We welcome applications from individuals with non-academic backgrounds. Academics may also apply but they require a non-academic team member, who takes an active role.

Important dates:

Applications open:     November 22, 2019
Letter of Intent:       December 20, 2019 (optional)
Applications close:     February 14, 2020

We can help!

We encourage applicants to reach out to us with any questions or assistance in completing the application form. You may contact us at 604-244-6300 or