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about us

Skin cancer, including melanoma, is one of the most preventable types of cancer. The main risk factor is UV radiation from sun exposure and other sources, such as indoor tanning beds.

The Ontario Sun Safety Working Group (OSSWG) is a partnership of individuals and organizations working together to reduce the impact of solar and artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation (including indoor tanning equipment) on human health, such as skin cancer and eye diseases.


  • Gathering and evaluating information/research on the health impact of UVR exposure and the effectiveness of protective behaviours

  • Raising awareness of the effects of solar and artificial UV radiation on human health

  • Advocating for the development of policy to reduce UV radiation exposure

  • Identifying and developing key information/educational materials related to UV exposure and skin cancer prevention

  • Promoting a consistent public health approach to skin cancer prevention in Ontario.



Sun Safety Education

Supports the development and delivery of consistent public health approaches to reduce the prevalence of adverse health effects of UVR exposure.

Shade Protection and Policy

Supporting the development and implementation of shade in outdoor public spaces

Sun Safe Workplaces

Developing resources supporting safer workplaces for people who work outside

Indoor Tanning & UV Lamps

Raising awareness of the link between artificial tanning and cancer and monitoring indoor tanning legislation



The Working Group is comprised of Public Health representatives from each region in Ontario with a Skin Cancer Prevention Network and organizations concerned about the impacts of both solar and artificial UV radiation exposure on human health.

Current member organizations and institutions

  • Canadian Cancer Society

  • Canadian Dermatology Association

  • Canadian Journal of Optometry

  • Cancer Care Ontario

  • Central West Skin Cancer Prevention Network

  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • Grey Bruce Health Unit

  • Halton Region Public Health

  • Health Canada, Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau

  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

  • Melanoma Network of Canada

  • Middlesex London Health Unit

  • Ontario Ministry of Labour, Prevention Division

  • Ottawa Public Health

  • Public Health, Sudbury and Districts

  • Queen's University, School of Medicine

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health

  • Ryerson University, School of Occupational and Public Health

  • Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science

  • Save Your Skin Foundation

  • Toronto Public Health

  • University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

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