Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) was established in 2009 as the first research centre in Canada dedicated solely to the study of cancers caused by work. The OCRC’s founding partners were Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and the United Steelworkers (USW). The Centre currently receives core funding from CCO, CCS - Ontario Division, and the Ministry of Labour (MOL). 

OCRC’s vision is the prevention of occupational cancer. To this end, the goal of the research program is to build scientific knowledge of occupational cancer through three broad categories of research: 

Surveillance: research that identifies the industries, occupations, and workers where the risks of occupational cancer are the highest

Causation: epidemiologic research to identify the causes of cancer in the workplace and to synthesize the results of previous studies 

Intervention: research that helps identify the most effective, context-sensitive interventions to reduce exposure to carcinogens

Although the research program is focused on Ontario, OCRC strives to initiate and foster national research initiatives and to take a leadership role in promoting occupational cancer research in Canada. In addition, OCRC collaborates widely with researchers within Canada and internationally, through an informal network. Strengthening and extending this network, and supporting shared projects and collective capacity building is essential to achieving OCRC’s research goals and bringing the best possible science to Canada. 

Engagement in Prevention Network activities:
OCRC collaborates with occupational and environmental cancer researchers across Canada. Together with CAREX Canada, OCRC is a central resource for occupational and environmental expertise across the country.  

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Dr Paul Demers - Director


Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Cancer Care Ontario
505 University Avenue, 17th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1X3
Telephone: 416-217-1849
Email: ocrc@occupationalcancer.ca