Help to Shape the Future of Disability and Work:
Participate in the Survey on the Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability & Work
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This is your opportunity to provide input on a Draft Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work developed by a consortium of partners comprised of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, InclusionNL, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Group and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.

Much progress has been made in the private and public sectors in Canada on the employment of people with disabilities. However, the Concluding Observations from the UN committee on the Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) included the recognition that Canada does not have a comprehensive federal policy on employment for persons with disabilities. People with disabilities face significant barriers to entering and re-entering the labour market. According to the Canadian Survey on Disability (2017), the rates of employment ranged from 31% among adults with very severe disabilities to 76% among those with mild disabilities, compared to 80% of those who did not report a disability. After-tax income of those with more severe disabilities ($19,160) was half that of those with no disabilities ($38,980). An estimated 644,640 persons with disabilities who were not working, had the potential for paid employment in an inclusive labour market[1]. There is substantial consensus among a wide range of partners and stakeholders that the time is right for a national strategy to focus our collective efforts.

This draft strategy is the result of extensive discussions at a national conference in 2017, two federal-provincial policy round tables and related outreach over the past three years. The draft strategy was the centrepiece of discussions at a national conference in December 2018. DWC 2018; DWC 2017; Policy Round table 2018; Policy Round table 2015.

To date, engagement and consultation with stakeholders have been substantial. However, there are important stakeholders who have not yet had a chance to contribute, and some may have engaged earlier in the process, but could not attend the 2018 conference.

We need your help. This survey is your opportunity to provide input to the revised strategy, which will be released in the Fall of 2019. PLEASE RESPOND BY May 3, 2019.
How to participate in this survey

Two documents are available via the links below:

     1.    The Executive Summary of the Draft Strategy;
     2.    The full text of the Draft Strategy; and

This survey assumes that you have reviewed at least the Executive Summary of the Draft Strategy.

If this survey is not accessible for you to complete, contact us at to arrange an alternative way to contribute.

Your responses are completely confidential. You will be asked for some general, non-identifying information about yourself, which is voluntary but will help us understand better the perspectives of key stakeholder groups. You will be given the opportunity to identify yourself and asked if you are willing to have your comments published on the consultation website.