Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) is a transdisciplinary initiative on the future of work disability policy in Canada. A seven-year initiative (2013 to 2020) funded by a $2.8 million grant from the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the centre is co-led by Dr. Emile Tompa, a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, and Dr. Ellen MacEachen, an IWH adjunct scientist and associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

The objective of CRWDP’s research is to identify how people, when disabled, can be better retained and integrated into the Canadian labour market. It aims to do this by:

  • providing a forum for within- and cross-provincial and national dialogue on challenges and opportunities for improving the Canadian work disability policy system;
  • identifying problems and challenges associated with program coordination and complexity;
  • identifying relevant and favourable alternative approaches to system design and service provision through select comparisons with countries and small-scale trials;
  • mobilizing knowledge developed within and outside of the initiative in order to inform policy; and
  • building capacity for research and knowledge mobilization on the topic of work disability policy and labour-market engagement of individuals with disabilities.

Housed at IWH, the centre includes regional hubs in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and also involves 46 partners from across the country. These partners represent disability and injured worker community organizations, provincial and federal-level disability support program providers, labour organizations and employers, and research institutions.

To learn more, visit www.crwdp.ca.