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New Resource--Prevention is the Best Medicine Toolkit, Institute for Work & Health

A new resource from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) will help settlement agencies and others teach newcomers to Ontario about their health and safety rights and duties in the workplace.

Called Prevention is the Best Medicine, the 11-item toolkit was released in October. It contains everything needed to deliver instructional sessions on two separate, but related, topics within an Ontario context: occupational health and safety, and workers’ compensation. The toolkit is designed to be delivered to recent immigrants who are preparing to enter the labour force.

To ensure the toolkit’s relevance to its target audience—recent immigrants to Ontario accessing services through settlement agencies—the IWH research team worked in partnership with the following organizations:

  • Injured Workers' Consultants;
  • Skills for Change;
  • Workers Health and Safety Centre;
  • Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board;
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour;
  • Workplace Safety and Prevention Services; and
  • Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

It also piloted the toolkit at a settlement agency in Toronto, with the aim of integrating the modules into existing job-search programs.

The toolkit includes handouts for learners, sample lesson plans, slide show presentations and more. It is free for download from

The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit applied research organization based in Toronto. Its research focuses on two broad areas: preventing work-related injury and illness, and understanding effective workplace practices and clinical treatments that support recovery and return to work for disabled workers.

For further information, contact the Institute’s communications manager, Cindy Moser, at (416) 927-2027 x2183 or at