2018 Ontario Cluster Meeting
for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)

We would like to invite you to our 2018 Ontario Cluster Meeting for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) that will be held on November 9, 2018. The Ontario Cluster Meeting will be a chance to engage a mix of discussants who are experts in the field of work disability policy with an equitable space for participants from key stakeholders, the public and, government and to participate in shaping the future of disability work change strategy.


The one-day Meeting has been planned to address the following questions, among others:

1. How can employers' actions and business operations be central to plans to support those who are experiencing disability (ongoing or intermittent) and ensure that people with disabilities are able to gain secure, full-time and non-precarious employment while employers are advantaged by those employees?

2. How does income replacement intersect and transition disability and employment opportunities?

3. What are the systems in place for monitoring employment rights for those experiencing disabilities (“progressive realization”) and how can that be supported and improved (recognizing the Right to Work as found in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by Canada in 2010)?

This meeting will be a significant discussion in exploring key work disability issues and strategies to effect change, to ensure secure attachments to the labor force in Canada. CRWDP, a national network of policy thinkers, aims to create movement and influence policy-making decisions based on evidence for those facing barriers to work and income security.  At this time, there are many changes being proposed and implemented in both the Federal and Provincial governments so now is the time to have a coordinated strategy.

We need your support, ideas and creativity to develop policy options and to create an agenda for work disability policy. We are very much looking forward to your attendance at this one-day Summit.  We recognize the value of what you would bring to our meeting.

Your support will help us engage with policymaking and advocacy.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience at: Eventbrite.

Ontario Cluster Meeting Details:

DATE: November 9, 2018

TIME: 9:00am – 4:30pm

LOCATION: The Friend’s House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto Ontario M5R 1C7 (Intersection at Avenue Road and Bloor St. W)

Thank you and we look forward to your attendance!

Best wishes,

Marcia Rioux and Rebecca Gerwutz