Occupational Health and Safety Education Trust Fund

Established in 2001, the OHS Education Trust Fund’s basic objective is to increase awareness about occupational health and safety through education, training, promotion and related activities.  The idea behind this Fund is that better awareness of health and safety can lower risk of injury, which in turn leads to safer workplaces and lower business costs. Trust Fund monies are generated from two sources: 1) fines stemming from court orders directing offenders who have violated OHS legislation to pay to the Minister an amount for the purpose of occupational health and safety initiatives including, but not limited to, public education, and 2) all funds collected from administrative penalties.

Organizations wishing to apply for funds should carefully fill out the form linked below. The following criteria are considered when assessing applications:

  • Meeting the Fund’s basic objectives:
    • Supporting organizations that have OHS initiatives as part of their mandate
    • Supporting educational initiatives related to occupational health and safety
  • Overall clarity of proposal
  • Clear identification of safety theme (WSS Pillar or other)
  • Clear objectives with relevant and realistic outcomes
  • Clearly defined target audience
  • Clear and realistic timelines
  • Identification of SMART success measures (Sensible, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed).
  • Adequate budget details
  • Prior application performance

Proposals submitted will be reviewed by the Division on a quarterly basis as they are received.

It should be noted that the amount disbursed to any organization under the OHS Education Trust Fund cannot exceed twenty five thousand dollars in any twelve month period.  Funded organizations are also required to submit a Final Report form, including details on the use of the OHS Trust Fund monies, within six months following the completion of their initiative.  

The application form is available in both Word and PDF format.

If you have any questions, please e-mail ohstrustfund@novascotia.ca