WSIB 2021 Grants Competition


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

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WSIB Grants Program


Grants priority areas

The central areas of focus of the 2021 WSIB Grants Program support the WSIB’s Strategic Plan with a focus on the impact of COVID-19. Three considerations for potential proposals include:

  1. COVID-19 is changing how we work
  2. COVID-19 is changing how we approach health and safety 
  3. COVID-19 is changing how we support return-to-work and recovery

The grants agenda provides more information on the topics of interest for the 2021 proposal.

Grants Program

WSIB is committed to providing exceptional programs and services to the people and businesses of Ontario.

The objective of the WSIB grants program is to enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to WSIB's strategic mandate.

The grants program accomplishes this through highly practical research studies delivered by professionals and organizations that can strengthen Ontario's workers' compensation system now and in the future.

Selection process

WSIB follow a rigorous and transparent proposal selection process for their grants program. They accept the following types of proposals:

  1. Research proposals
  • Expert research proposals that deliver practical results for the workplace safety and compensation system
  • Workplace-based projects that create partnerships between the workplace, researchers and organizations
  1. Training proposals
  • Initiatives that help people with workplace injuries and illnesses, employers and the workplace safety and compensation system solve long-standing barriers
  • Innovative opportunities that build capacity in the community and offer significant potential to improve system results


Eligibility for Research Grants

Expert researchers affiliated with an eligible applicant organization:

  • Publicly funded universities or colleges
  • Public hospitals with a specialized research area
  • Not-for-profit or registered charitable organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research
  • Canadian non-governmental organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research
  • Other organizations that have the capability and capacity to conduct research and are not privately owned and operated may also be eligible for a WSIB grant.
Master’s or Ph.D. students conducting research at a Canadian institution are eligible to submit a proposal as a Secondary Lead. The Project Lead must be an expert researcher who agrees to supervise the student and accept accountability for grant management and performance.
Private organizations are not eligible to apply for a WSIB research grant as a Project Lead. Private organizations may be identified as a partner or collaborator of an eligible applicant organization.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum funding request is up to $150,000/year for a total maximum budget of $300,000. The WSIB does not renew grants for the same grant purpose. Applicant organizations may submit more than one distinct proposal for consideration during each application cycle

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The maximum grant length is two years (24 months). 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline
Applicant to email an unprotected or unsecured PDF signed copy of the completed proposal to on or before 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 9th, 2020. Hard copies of the application are not required.
Proposals received after the deadline will not be included in the application and selection process. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

How to Apply

For more information, review the grant proposal instructions (PDF).

Download the WSIB grants application form (PDF).

For Questions, please contact
Please contact the WSIB if you have questions regarding the application and selection process.

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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