BSF got off to an amazing start at the Toronto and Ottawa sites thanks to our great team of partners’, staff and sponsors but especially EllisDon staff who paved the way for us to bring this innovative, health promoting program to their workers.
Throughout this entire journey, CCS has developed and maintained a strong working relationship with EllisDon. Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator and Foremen have been extremely welcoming and supportive of program staff. "They are essential for building positive and supportive environments for construction workers wanting to make a quit attempt and stay smoke-free" states Heidi McKean, RN. "They make it possible for us to bring information and resources to workers at job sites so we absolutely couldn't do this without them."
Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator, said "Our experience with the Build Smoke-Free program has been exceptionally valuable. We were not aware of how many construction workers are using commercial tobacco products and are interested in quitting. We were pleased to see the progress the Build smoke free team was able to make on our project. Their incredibly positive and supportive approach was essential to the great relationships they were able to develop during their time here." The BSF team looks forward to continuing to work with EllisDon to achieve their shared goal of building a smoke-free culture on construction sites.
As of September 30th 2019, BSF has been successful in supporting over 152 tobacco users across Ontario in their journey to quit smoking. The BSF team is looking forward to expanding the program to Alberta in 2020 and continuing to increase access to cessation supports for individuals that are ready to make an attempt to quit smoking.