Mission, values and principles

Our mission

The Institute for Work & Health promotes, protects and improves the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers.

Our values


  • Being a leading international institution in research and knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Being a leading Canadian institution in building research capacity in work and health
  • Being a leading employer in promoting and protecting the health and safety of our employees


  • Ensuring research integrity by conducting independent and ethical research
  • Ensuring institutional integrity by involving partners in research and dissemination


  • Demonstrating good stewardship of our resources
  • Conducting research and knowledge transfer and exchange relevant to our partners and funders


  • Respecting and accommodating different perspectives
  • Respecting our staff in their work
  • Respecting the dignity of workers everywhere

Our principles

Listening: We will listen to the needs of workers and workplaces, clinicians, policy-makers and other partner agencies.

Aligning: We will align our research to ensure relevance to the needs of our partners, including the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL).

Collaborating: We will collaborate with other researchers and research users.

Independence: We will pursue our research mandate to the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity.

Impartiality: We will be impartial in our relationships with policy-makers, workplace parties, clinicians, health & safety professionals and other interests.

Innovation: We will be innovative in the pursuit of research, knowledge transfer and exchange, and organizational excellence.