Each year, OHC provides a Train-the-Trainer program for 12 participants from various newcomer communities, enabling workers to become health and safety leaders in their own communities. The 10-week session provides training on such topics as rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, what workplace hazards are and how to address them, human rights and racism in the workplace, the roles of the Worker’s Compensation Board and Worker Advisor Office, principles of adult education, and more.
When the training is complete, trainers will be prepared to deliver workshops in their first language, receiving an honorarium for coordinating and delivering workshops in their communities.
For background on the history of this training and OHC’s Cross Cultural Program, please see Communities Are Partners is a report documenting the 20-year history and impact of OHC’s work with newcomer and migrant communities by Dorothy Wigmore and published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in October 2020. A background companion report features a related literature review.
OHC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the Government of Canada in funding this program