Other Resources

Other Resources Developed 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"

Click here to download a pdf copy of the report "National Forum: Reducing Employment Barriers for People Living with Mental Illness. Summary report and key recommendations". This report comes from the employment session held in Ottawa in November 2017 by the MHCC

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

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

Special to the Globe and Mail "Hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness makes both sense and cents", profiling the report "A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers" with relation to the Employee Recommended Workplace Award. Click here to access it.



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.

The DRPI AWARE Manual, A Roadmap to Work, A Model for Employment for Persons with Disabilities outlines a successful employment model, which was developed and used to enable people with disabilities to get permanent meaningful jobs.  This new employment model disrupts the status quo.  It addresses barriers to employment, and has led to hundreds of people with disabilities being hired by employers across industries in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. We are presenting a new pathway for repeat hiring by employers who have witnessed first-hand that people with disabilities can work and businesses are more successful when people with different abilities are included in their workforce.
The Manual provides insights into the reasons why to date the unemployment rates of people with disabilities has not changed much and it gives a new way, shown to be useful, to improve this situation.  Much of this is based on finding out from employers why they hire and why they do not.  Employers provided us with an understanding of what needed to change if people were going to get jobs in their businesses. Charity does not work but matching the required skills and skills that people already have works.  It is not about disability, but about hiring the right person for the right job. 

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/