of Other Initiatives

Highlights of the Initiatives Undertaken by CRWDP Members


1. A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers​

Rebecca Gewurtz, an assistant professor of occupational therapy at McMaster University's School of Rehabilitation Science, is the lead researcher on a new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada that suggests hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness is good business.

The report, released on April 12, 2018 summarizes an in-depth Mental Health Commission of Canada research study led by Rebecca Gewurtz that examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness.

Click here to download a pdf copy of the report "A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers"

MHCC Release "Hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness makes cents"

McMaster University News "McMaster researcher lead on mental health employment report"



DRPI AWARE is a collaborative five-year project of York University in Canada that is altering the perspective on employment of persons with disabilities in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. DRPI AWARE cooperates with organizations of disabled persons (DPOs) that work with employers to recognize the skills of disabled workers, instead of focusing on their disabilities and limitations. During the period 2013 to 2016, DRPI AWARE has successfully placed 163 people with disabilities in jobs in the open labour market.

Contact Information:

Marcia RIOUX

+1-416-736-2100 ext. 22112, mrioux@yorku.ca



Persuading employers that inclusive employment can support their business case. In: Zero Project Report 2017, p. 61. Available at https://zeroproject.org/zero-project-report-2017-out-now-and-available-for-download/