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Research Services

Our Research Services department oversees and supports research and related activities at WorkSafeBC. Through rigorously evaluated competitive processes, we provide funding for academic scientific study and practical, innovative projects. The research helps answer pressing questions and find solutions to key issues in workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation.

Outlines, summaries, and full reports of active and completed projects are available. You can also review our funding streams and research priorities for more information on how we fund research, and to learn about any current opportunities.

Our history

WorkSafeBC’s Panel of Administrators created the research program in 1999 to reinforce our commitment to seeking the best scientific evidence in occupational health and safety, and in workers’ compensation. Before that, our Finding Solutions program funded more than 100 projects from 1992-1999.

The research program’s structure was developed through broad consultation with workers and employers, and with research organizations across Canada and abroad. We continue to adapt and enhance the program to respond to stakeholder needs.

Our mission

Research Services funds projects that provide insight into, and solutions for, real issues faced by workplaces and WorkSafeBC. We support scientific research and knowledge transfer that contributes to:

  • Improving health and safety in B.C. workplaces
  • Fostering successful rehabilitation and return-to-work of injured workers
  • Ensuring fair compensation for people suffering injury or illness on the job

Need more information?

If you have any questions about our program or the research we support, our Research Services team will be happy to help.