Disability and Work in Canada Conference 2019:
Strategy-in-Action

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Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) Initiative

Disability and Work in Canada 2019 was held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on December 4 and 5, 2019. The conference reviewed a revised pan-Canadian strategy to improve the level of employment of persons with disabilities and identify the most important early steps in implementation. Speaker videos, presentation slides, notes and other materials from the conference will be posted on this site when they become available.

Since the National Conference in 2017, efforts have been underway to develop a vision and strategy for the future, focused on key initiatives to increase the employment of persons with a disability. A draft strategy was distributed in the Fall of 2018 and discussed at the National Conference in December 2018. The strategy was currently being revised following feedback from consultation across Canada that took place in the spring of 2019. A revised strategy is available here below.

Videos of speaker presentations

Welcome remarks and indigenous prayer by Steve Mantis and Elaine & Theland Kicknosway

High level overview of the strategy and implementation framework by Ron Saunders

Welcome by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

The keys to successful strategy implementation, by Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility

Welcome remarks by the Conference Platinum Sponsor: Joe Dowdall, Vice President and Government Affairs representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793

Parallel discussion sessions I: How do we advocate for stronger support to improve the level of employment for people with disabilities

Closing remarks by Steve Mantis

DWC Commitments

Disability & Work in Canada strategy Committments: How-to guide by Emile Tompa and Dan Samosh

DWC Commitment by Mario

DWC Commitment by Steve Mantis

DWC Commitment by Tammy Yates

DWC Commitment by Rachel Boutin

DWC Commitment by Yin Brown

DWC Commitment by Janet Patterson

DWC Commitment by Alec Farquhar

DWC Commitment by Jason Mitschele

DWC Commitment by Gail Fawcett and Pam Lahey

DWC Commitment by Samah Henein

Agenda 

DWC2019 conference agenda (PDF version); ​DWC2019 conference agenda (Word version); DWC2019 conference agenda (Plain text version); DWC2019 conference agenda (Large font PDF version)

Program

DWC2019 conference program (PDF version), DWC2019 conference program (Word version), DWC2019 conference program (Plain text version), DWC2019 conference program (Large font PDF version)

Register for the Disability and Work in Canada National Conference 2019

DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together

The Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work is now available:​ DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (PDF version)DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (Word version)DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (Plain text version), DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (Large font PDF version)

Click here for the supporting background documents to the DWC Strategy. 

DWC Consultation Report

The Disability and Work in Canada Consultation Report on the draft strategy is now available: DWC Consultation Report (PDF version)DWC Consultation Report (Word version)DWC Consultation Report (Plain text version)

 

Click here for other materials for conference participants.

Thank you: 

Hosts of the DWC Conference 2019 are CCRW (Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work), InclusionNL, CRWDP (Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy), Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups

 

Financial support to the conference was provided by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) which is a 7-year research partnership funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) and by the Government of Canada. Our platinum sponsor is the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793. Our silver sponsors are the Canada's Building Trades Unions and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

 

 Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), Workers United Canada Council (An SEIU Affiliate). Conference Twitter Hashtag #DWCanada