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Health and the Mobile Workforce Webinar Series

Join us for a unique series of free, educational webinars on the topic of Health and the Mobile Workforce co-presented with On the Move Partnership.  Learn from current research and credible tools to create safe, healthy, productive and inclusive workplaces. 

Across the world a wide range of people are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, new workers and those near retirement. From hours-long daily commutes, to travel that takes workers away from home for days, weeks, months and even years; from mobility within work (truck driving, shipping and others) to mobility to get to and from work; from cars and buses, to trains, ships and planes; from highly-paid top executive jobs, to minimum-wage service jobs; from natural resource dependent industry to natural wonder dependent tourism – the types of mobility are many and changing.

These webinars are to do with a wide range of people who are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, as well as their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers. 

Many of our webinars qualify for professional education credit. Receive letters of attendance for small administrative fee of $15, or free for WWDPI members. If you missed a live webinar, but still need a certificate of attendance, our webinars on demand might be a right fit for you. We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC thro​ugh the Community Gaming Grants.

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​Upcoming Health and the Mobile Workforce Series Webinars​​​​

Workers' Compensation Challenges for the Mobile Workforce: Policy and Practice in Canadian Jurisdictions

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00PM ET


Co-Presented by On the Move Partnership​ 

This webinar will: 
  1. ​Present key findings from a program of research on employment-related geographical mobility E-RGM in the Canadian context looking at its impact on the effectiveness of workers' compensation legislation in a selection of Canadian provinces.  
  2. Distinguish challenges that arise for different  categories of workers who are injured while engaged in E-RGM, including those engaged in a long daily commute, intraprovincial and interprovincial workers and temporary foreign workers in Canada or Canadian workers engaged in work outside of Canada. 
  3. Examine some of the effects of the workers' compensation process, particulalrly return-to-work requirements, on workers' families.
You will learn
  • Workers' compensation coverage issues that affect E-RGM workers and their employers;
  • Jurisdictional issues that contribute to the complexity of the workers' compensation process;
  • Problems that arise in the determination of benefits for E-RGM workers
  • Challenges related to return to work when E-RGM workers are injured
  • Ways in which return-to-work processes affect workers' families
Take-home messages
  • Workers' compensation is the oldest social program in Canada, providing coverage to millions of workers since the beginning of the 20th century. 
  • Why is it that members of the mobile workforce are falling through the cracks? We found that many of these workers are invisible to regulators because of the mobility associated with their work, and that systems are sometimes, but not always, designed to meet their needs.

​​​​​Katherine Lippel, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section; Policy lead, On the Move Partnership

Katherine Lippel is co-investigator with the On the Move Partnership.  The Partnership is a 7-year national scale research program with international links, investigating employment-related geographical mobility and its cons​equences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments. Professor Lippel leads the policy component of the On the Move team's research program and is author of the On the Move reports on Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation.

Professor Lippel holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law and is professor of law in the Civil Law section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation. She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1978.

​​​​​Dana Howse, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy and SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada ​

Dana Howse is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, co-located at the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University and at the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, affiliated with the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa. Dana's postdoctoral work is examining the ways in which disability policies and programs support and/or impede people with physical disabilities to undertake work-related travel, or 'work mobility'. Dana completed her Ph.D. in Public Health Science (Social Science and Health) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her research interests include the social relations of work and health, workers' compensation and return to work, work mobility, disability policy, and critical qualitative methodology.


Co-Moderator:

Barb Neis, PhD

Project Director, On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Barb Neis is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research. She was co-awarded the Vanier Institute of the Family Mirabelli-Glossop Award for distinguished contribution to the work of the Vanier Institute. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, is currently Project Director on a 7-year project called On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context, and is co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second project, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. 

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Temporary Foreign Workers: Health and Wellness​

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Co-Presented by On the Move Partnership​ 


In Canada, a growing number of employers hire temporary foreign workers (TFWs). TFWs have a temporary migratory status in Canada; their mobility in the labour market is generally restricted, and their length of stay is limited and predefined. Historically, these programs have been restricted to agriculture and live-in care work, however other programs now allow TFWs to integrate into the Canadian labour market more widely. This webinar will present in what way the different programs and policy rules define how, when and why TFWs can obtain employment in Canada and how they structure the working and living conditions of these workers. 

You will learn

  • ​The different programs that allow temporary foreign workers to access the Canadian labour market;
  • The different categories of temporary foreign workers;
  • The challenges temporary foreign workers face while in Canada with regards to their access to different social rights, and how this may affect workers’ health and wellbeing.

 Take-home messages 

  • While individual TFWs are temporary, their permanence as a group represents growing segment of the population in Canada;
  • TFWs' restricted access to social rights greatly affects their health and wellbeing;​​​

​​​​​Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau

Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Université de Québec à Montréal 

Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, LLD, is a professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is a member of the Québec Bar and practiced law for several years at Québec's Labour Standards Commission. Her research focuses on sociolegal issues relating to the effective implementation of labour law. In the past years, she has studied in what context temporary foreign workers mobilize their labour rights. She is also interested in the consequences of the porous frontiers between working time and personal time and seeks to document the impact of labour laws' jurisdictional and administrative structure on the enforcement of this regulatory framework.

As a co-investigator with On the Move, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau will be working with the policy research component.

Adam Perry ​

Assistant Professor, Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University  ​

Adam Perry is currently Assistant Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University. His current research examines the dynamics of internal migration among 'low-skilled' temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada. In his work, Adam investigates how and why TFWs migrate between provinces. Through interviews with workers and worker advocates, Adam's work documents the ways in which workers tackle the complex processes of inter-provincial relocation in spite of precarious legal status. In particular Adam is interested in how TFWs, by engaging in internal migratory practices, may be molding a unique critical response to the structural vulnerabilities associated with non-citizenship as these intersect with uneven regional development within Canada. With a particular focus on developing notions of migrant worker agency both theoretically and empirically, Adam's work contributes to discussions on migrant workers' subjective experiences of work, migration and community formation.

Adam Perry is a co-investigator with the On the Move Partnership. He is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC Partnership Project Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap


Co-Moderator:

Barb Neis, PhD

Project Director, On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Barb Neis is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research. She was co-awarded the Vanier Institute of the Family Mirabelli-Glossop Award for distinguished contribution to the work of the Vanier Institute. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, is currently Project Director on a 7-year project called On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context, and is co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second project, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. 
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​Occupational Health and Safety Challenges for the Mobile Workforce: Policy and Practice in Canadian Jurisdictions

Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Co-Presented by On the Move Partnership​ 

This webinar will: 
  1. Present key findings from a program of research on employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) in the Canadian context looking at its impact on the effectiveness of occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation in a selection of Canadian provinces.  
  2. Distinguish challenges for the protection of the health of workers who are engaged in E-RGM, including those engaged in a long daily commute, intraprovincial and interprovincial workers and temporary foreign workers in Canada or Canadian workers engaged in work outside of Canada. 
  3. Examine the OHS challenges that arise in four aspects of workers’ lives: getting to work, at work, living at work and living at home.​
You will learn:
  • Mobile workers are exposed to multiple hazards while getting to work yet these hazards are not on the radar of regulators;
  • Some mobile workers are obliged to live at or near their workplace for extended periods of time, and this raises new health and safety challenges;
  • Multiple jurisdictions overlap in the regulation of some of these workers;
  • Health and safety inspectorates and health and safety committees need to adapt their practices when workers are engaged in E-RGM.
Take-home messages:
  • Occupational health and safety regulation and systems in Canada were designed with a sedentary workforce in mind. 
  • Some of the hazards to which members of the mobile workforce are exposed are not addressed by our current regulatory frameworks. 
  • We found that many of these workers are invisible to regulators because of the mobility associated with their work, and that prevention strategies need to be adapted to the reality of mobile work.​

​​​​​Katherine Lippel, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section; Policy lead, On the Move Partnership

Katherine Lippel is co-investigator with the On the Move Partnership.  The Partnership is a 7-year national scale research program with international links, investigating employment-related geographical mobility and its cons​equences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments. Professor Lippel leads the policy component of the On the Move team's research program and is author of the On the Move reports on Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation.

Professor Lippel holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law and is professor of law in the Civil Law section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation. She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1978.​


Co-Moderator:

Barb Neis, PhD

Project Director, On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Barb Neis is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research. She was co-awarded the Vanier Institute of the Family Mirabelli-Glossop Award for distinguished contribution to the work of the Vanier Institute. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, is currently Project Director on a 7-year project called On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context, and is co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second project, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. 
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