Prevention is the Best Medicine is a toolkit designed for settlement agencies and others to teach newcomers to Ontario about (1) occupational health and safety (OHS), and (2) workers' compensation.
The toolkit contains everything needed to deliver instructional sessions on these two separate, but related, topics within an Ontario context. Included are sample lesson plans and slide show presentations for workshop leaders, as well as handouts for participating newcomers.
Download the complete Prevention is the Best Medicine toolkit (compressed zip file, 7.1 MB), including all modules listed below.
- How to use this toolkit (309 KB)
- Advice for workshop leaders on handling challenging issues (313 KB)
- Glossary for learners (290 KB)
Occupational health and safety
- OHS fact sheet/handout for learners (323 KB)
- OHS guide for workshop leaders: Sample lesson plan to accompany fact sheet (350 KB)
- OHS slide show presentation for workshop leaders (696 KB)
- OHS slide show presentation, with notes (2.1 MB)
- Workers' compensation fact sheet/handout for learners (259 KB)
- Workers' compensation guide for workshop leaders: Sample lesson plan to accompany fact sheet (229 KB)
- Workers' compensation slide show presentation for workhop leaders (935 KB)
- Workers' compensation slide show, with notes (2.1 MB)
Why this toolkit is needed
The need for such a toolkit was demonstrated in a 2011 study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) that explored the experiences of immigrants who had been injured on the job. The study found that injured newcomers had little knowledge about their occupational health and safety rights and responsibilities, or about the workers' compensation system.
IWH then conducted a national scan of online safety resources for recent immigrants. It found few that were focused on health and safety or workers' compensation.
In the wake of these findings, IWH developed the Prevention is the Best Medicine toolkit to fill help fill this information gap.
How the toolkit was developed
This toolkit was developed by a research team from the Institute for Work & Health. The team included IWH Scientists Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Dr. Peter Smith, Dr. Curtis Breslin and Dr. Ron Saunders, as well as Research Associate Marni Lifshen. The team worked in partnership with the following stakeholders:
- Injured Workers' Consultants
- Skills for Change
- Workers Health and Safety Centre
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
- Ontario Ministry of Labour
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
- Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.
The toolkit's modules were piloted at a settlement agency in Toronto, with the aim of integrating the modules into existing job-search programs.
By working with stakeholders and the settlement agency, the research team was able to design a resource specifically tailored to the needs of settlement agencies and newcomers in Ontario.
The Prevention is the Best Medicine toolkit has been adapted by Manitoba's Workers Compensation Board and Safe Work Manitoba for newcomers to that province.
- From the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (2013): Prevention is the Best Medicine: A Toolkit for Newcomers to Manitoba
- From Safe Work Manitoba (2013): Prevention is the Best Medicine: A Toolkit for Newcomers to Manitoba