Cross Cultural Community Development Program


The Occupational Health Centre works with a variety of cultural communities in Manitoba to increase their capacity around workplace health and safety through a Train the Trainer Program.

Communities Are Partners, 2020 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. A background companion report features a related literature review.

Community trainers trained by OHC provide workshops and individual assistance in their first languages for workers from the following cultural communities:

  • Afghani
  • Bhutanese
  • Burundi
  • Chinese
  • Colombian
  • Congolese
  • Eritrean
  • Ethiopian
  • Filipino
  • Indian (Hindi-speaking)
  • Iraqi
  • Karen (Burma)
  • Punjabi
  • Latin American (Spanish-speaking)
  • Nepali
  • Nigerian
  • Somali
  • Sudanese (North & South)
  • Syrian
  • Vietnamese
  • Ukranian
  • Yazidi

Community workshops help you learn about your rights for a healthy and safe workplace and where you can go for help if you have a health or safety problem at work.  One-on-One counselling is also available for injured workers from newcomer communities.

Check out these videos on workplace health & safety for the Ethiopian, Punjabi and Eritrean communities!

Videos produced by Media Circus.Tv in cooperation with the Occupational Health Centre and members of the Punjabi and Eritrean communities.

Ethiopian video produced by Smart Productions in cooperation with the Occupational Health Centre and members of the Ethiopian Community.

For more information or to arrange a workshop in your community, call Geetha at 204-926-7908

This program is financially supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.



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Feb 26th RSI Day Free Virtual Event - Making the Link Between Psychosocial Factors & Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI)

Feb 26, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Occupational Health Centre hosts the RSI Day Free Virtual Event on February 26th

Making the Link Between Psychosocial Factors & Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI)

Presentation 1: 

Dwayne Van Eerd, Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

(MSI and Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace: A Brief Timeline)

Presentation 2:

John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers

(Measuring Psychosocial Factors in the Workplace using the StressAssess Online Survey Tool)

Presentation 3: 

Theo Heineman, President/CEO, & Gynelle Pakulak, Certified Ergonomic Specialist

1Life Workplace Safety Solutions   

 (Neuroscience of Psychosocial Risk Factors and MSI)

Presentation 4: 

Geoffrey Thompson, OHN, Occupational Health Centre

(Building a Culture of Psychological Safety)


The event will include presentations with Q & A sessions and breaks

* Registration Required *

Please register your participation by sending an email to:

(Zoom Login information will be sent out closer to the event date)

Register for a chance to win a SAFE Work Manitoba fleece jacket


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