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Government Of Canada

Dick Martin Scholarship

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3000 CAD
31 Jan 2025
Application deadline


The CCOHS Council of Governors established this scholarship fund in 2002 in the memory of Dick Martin, a tireless health and safety advocate and a pioneer of workplace health and safety in Canada.



Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award




Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


Dick Martin, a CCOHS Governor, died of cancer in October 2001 at the age of 57. In the spring of 2002 the CCOHS Council of Governors established an occupational health and safety scholarship fund in his memory.

Dick Martin joined the CCOHS Council in its early days and returned again, ending his second term in 2000. He was instrumental in the establishment in 1984 of the Canadian National Day of Mourning, April 28, to honour workers killed or injured on the job. The Day of Mourning, timed with the country's first comprehensive workers' compensation legislation, is now recognized in 80 countries. Martin, born in southern Ontario, became a labour activist after he took a job in a nickel mine in Thompson, Manitoba. He once described the conditions as "appalling". Eventually, Martin became president of his steelworkers' local, which led to a six-year presidency of the Manitoba Federation of Labour. In 1982, he became the founding chairperson of the board of directors of the MFL Occupational Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada.

Applicable programmes


Awarded annually, this $3,000 national scholarship is available to any student enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in Canada. 


  • Any student* enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an occupational health and safety (OHS) related course or program at an accredited Canadian college or university leading to a certificate, diploma or degree in OHS.
  • Programs include mine safety, occupational or industrial health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety management or other related safety program.

Scholarship requirements


Occupational Health and Safety





Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

31 Jan 2025

All submissions must include a completed online application form, cover letter and essay (applicants will be evaluated based on the submission and completion of all three documents).

One page cover letter:

Outlines your aspirations of obtaining a career in health and safety industry.

Must be word processed in a 12-point font, double-spaced

1,000-1,200 word essay on ONE of the following:

Prevention Essay: Choose a high risk workplace hazard. How would you work to solve and create awareness about the issue?

Technical Essay: Research an existing or emerging hazard or risk (coverage may include how to identify, assess and control the risks).

Essays are to be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

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