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Envisioning the Future of Disability Policy in Canada

December 5, 2013 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Recorded in December, 2013


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Work disability is increasingly recognised by Canadians as an issue that touches most people at some point over their lifetime. Policymakers, employers, labour organizations, disability communities and academics are confronting the realization that labour force productivity and output are contingent on the inclusion of all adults who can and want to work, regardless of ability status. The growing realization of the need for a more inclusive labour-market comes with a backdrop of a fragmented Canadian work disability policy system comprised of a variety of disability income support programs that were developed to serve pockets of needs identified and framed independently, and in a different historical context.

In this webinar, Dr. Emile Tompa and Dr. Ellen MacEachen present their SSHRC funded Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, which was recently launched to bring together stakeholders from across Canada to build consensus on a roadmap for work disability policy change.

During the session you will learn about:
  • The motivation for creating the research centre
  • The objective and key questions guiding the research
  • The partners and academics involved in the initiative
  • The activities and events planned for the next year
Emile Tompa, MBA, PhD, is a labour and health economist and a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is co-director of the newly established Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. His current research examines the consequences of occupational health and safety system design features and other labour market policies and programs for the health of individuals and populations. He also undertakes research on workplace interventions directed at improving the health workers, specifically the economic evaluation of such interventions. He is the lead editor of a recent book on the economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions.

Ellen MacEachen, M.Sc., PhD, studies the sociology of work, health and disability management. She is co-director of the newly established Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. She is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In addition, she is the former president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Her research examines how systems for work injury prevention and disability management are considered in law and policy, conceptualised by decision-makers, and implemented in practice. She has a special interest in employment and health vulnerability in the context of the changing nature of work.

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