News Bites

  • The Canada Safety Council is excited to announce two new occupational health and safety courses available on our website! The Workplace Inspection Training Course is designed to assist managers, supervisors, committee members and health and safety representatives in performing effective inspections. The purpose of the inspection is to determine if hazards are present, if workers have been or are likely to be exposed to hazards, if anyone has been injured as a result of the exposure, and whether or not safe working procedures are being followed by workers. The second course, Incident Investigation, provides managers, supervisors, committee members and health and safety representatives with a proper foundation and understanding of accident causation and prevention. Please visit for more information and to view the complete list of our safety courses!


  • We are contacting and working to partner with potential sponsors to produce new Elmer the Safety Elephant materials. We often receive requests from schools and police departments for child-safety information, which indicates to us that Elmer is still very relevant and in-demand. Requests for the use of the Elmer mascot often go unfulfilled because unfortunately, we currently have only one mascot costume and need to raise money to afford more. Another important aspect of the child-safety program we would like to focus on is producing a new resource, the Elmer the Safety Elephant Activity Book. The proposed book outlines several topics, including emergency preparedness and bicycle safety. Our goal, given the financial ability to do so, is to produce and distribute 500,000 of these books to children across the country – that’s one book for every elementary school-aged child. The total cost for this project is about $300,000; however, given economic realities, we are very willing to begin production on a smaller scale. If you are able to help us toward reaching our goal, please contact 613.739.1535 ext. 221.


  • The Canada Safety Council’s objectives include arousing public interest and participation in safety measures, and publishing and disseminating educational programs and information related to safety. In addition to traditional news releases and the website, we are now heavily relying on social media to communicate timely, relevant safety information to the Canadian public. Through Facebook and Twitter, we are also able to quickly connect with hundreds of journalists and followers as often as we post information, which is usually several times a day during business hours. This year, the goal is to continue growing our social media audience and presence via frequent posts and engaging content. Being active on social media also offers us opportunities to become aware of other organizations that are interested in safety, which may be a way to identify future partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. To find us on Facebook, search for the Canada Safety Council by name. Our Twitter handle is @CanadaSafetyCSC.


  • The Canada Safety Council is proud to be a recognized partner organization in nominating 31 deserving Canadians for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II. It honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and is being awarded to 60,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents who made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years. All metals should be presented by the end of February. More information is available at



For more information, please contact:

Catherine Benesch

Communications/Media Program Coordinator, Canada Safety Council

(613) 739-1535 (ext. 228)