Job opportunity for a lead researcher in the field of work disability

Workplace: Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

(Posted on July 19, 2019)

Job Title:            Lead Researcher

Start Date:         September 1, 2019 (Pending Final Project approval)

Location:            Toronto Preferred, TBD

Program:            Partners: National & Ontario Regional Contract, Saskatchewan Labour Market Services

Duration:            September 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021 

Salary Range:     $30.75 an hour based on approximately 10 hours a week (CCRW staff position)

Scope and Purpose:

CCRW is testing the idea that a balanced approach of services to both employers and job seekers with disabilities will result in an employment landscape that is more accessible. As a result of working with CCRW through this project, employers will report feeling more confident to hire employees with disabilities. CCRW will engage with local businesses to profile their staffing challenges and develop talent pipelines that respond to those issues. We will implement an ‘action research’ based approach engaging our local stakeholders through service delivery. Research questions will emerge throughout the lifespan of the project and will be articulated in our project reporting. We would like to engage a Research team throughout the lifespan of a 19-month project to determine the research parameters and activities we should be completing to measure the impact and effectiveness of our work. We want to be able to unpack the ‘journey’ of our services and articulate why our interventions work, or don’t work. We want to be able to pull out best practices based on data points identified collaboratively between CCRW and our Researcher. The Lead Researcher will work closely with a full-time Research Assistant in completing the research activities.

Who are you:

The Lead Researcher is well versed in areas of disability, employment inclusion and employment accessibility. The Lead Researcher has an in-depth understanding of the UNCRPD, DRPI, and other accessibility legislations and frameworks. The Lead Researcher works closely with the Program Manager and leads the research assistant in the execution of all project activities.

General Duties: 

  • Works collaboratively with the Program Manager to identify a detailed research framework and work plan
  • Able to collect and analyze data from a variety of approaches included quantitative analysis, and action-based research approaches
  • Design and conduct research projects, analyze results using statistical techniques, and generate polished client reports
  • Clearly explain actionable insights and recommendations to clients in both written and spoken communication
  • Work with management to continually refine research and reporting processes
  • Consult and identify research best practices and frameworks (DRPI Framework People’s Indicator as a foundation)
  • Develop and analyze survey questions that align with client objectives
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret patterns in complex datasets
  • Lead Research assistant in executing all areas of the research activity
  • Overseas the development of research products to be disseminated as a project outcome
  • Interest in occasional travel for qualitative data collection
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or CEO/CFO


  • 3+ years’ experience in disability and inclusion-based research
  • PhD or M.A/M.S in appropriate field
  • Experience with qualitative and user-centered design methods
  • Experience with quantitative research (design surveys and experiments, including sampling and execution of statistics analysis of data)
  • Strong verbal communication skills; adept at writing reports and explaining data analysis methods
  • Demonstrated experience in give-and-take collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders from non-profit, small business, and with candidates with disability

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and current resume in one document, clearly indicating how they qualify for the role, to: Please quote Job # 24.19

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CCRW is committed to workplace inclusion. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you require an accommodation at any point in the application process for this position, please email

A link to this position is as follows:


Two post-doctoral opportunities (Knowledge Translation and Patient Safety/Human Factors) are offered by North York General Hospital in collaboration with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

The positions are funded by an HSPR Training Modernization Start Up Grant.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be part of the NYGH innovation team and will lead projects with tangible outcomes such as Improved patient safety, improved healthcare design, optimal preventive care and disease management, reduced preventable hospital admissions, lower rates of ED visits and lower complication rates. Successful applicants will also participate in a comprehensive professional development program within IHPME to develop skills in leading and managing change and adaptive leadership.

A link to these positions is as follows:


Job opportunity for a researcher in the field of work disability

Universite de Sherbrooke - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, Québec, Canada

Workplace: Longueuil Campus, close to Montréal
The School of Rehabilitation Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke and the Charles LeMoyne Hospital Research Centre are recruiting a professor with a research profile. The selected applicant will be integrated into the group at the Centre de Prévention et de Réadaptation de l’Incapacité au Travail (CAPRIT).
Expertise sought
The new recruit should bring research expertise in the field of work disability, with a major focus on work organizations’ perspective of this complex health problem. The candidate has a research focus in the interface between workers at high risk of sick leave and work organizations, within the work disability and occupational rehabilitation context.
The candidate should have a PhD or post-doctoral training in the work disability field, with a major focus on work organizations’ perspective OR characteristics and challenges of aging workers.
The ideal candidate should have a solid background in research methods, but also demonstrated relational and political skills in promoting the uptake of research findings emerging from the health field, in work organizations. The candidate should also demonstrate very strong participatory-type teaching skills, and be willing to teach in the master’s and doctoral programs of the School of Rehabilitation and in the continuing education program offered to practicing professionals, given that academic outreach and commitment is part of CAPRIT’s mission.
As teamwork and interdisciplinarity are common practice at CAPRIT, the ideal candidate should be able to prove his or her ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. This means showing an ability to simplify content for various types of audiences ranging from researchers to health professionals or union representatives. The person should also be interested in participating in broader research projects, such as developing a tool for measuring intersectoral collaboration, improving health-related practices and implementing health-related evidence-based data in work organizations.
Projects on tools, interventions and organizations that deliver services to various sick-leave clienteles are already being carried out by the team researchers. The candidate should complement the current expertise in place with knowledge of the health/workplace interface. He or she will be expected to develop a research program that integrates synergistically with the research currently under way at the research center and CAPRIT. The candidate will help maintain the expertise already developed at CAPRIT and continue
to support CAPRIT’s leadership role in work disability prevention. This person should also complement the current researchers’ expertise by adding knowledge of work organizations, which are one of the systems involved in work disability that remains unexplored to date.
The nominations will be reviewed no later than March 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
We invite you to submit your application electronically: (available jobs).
In addition, please send three letters of reference in support of your application, from your clinic, teaching and expertise, directly from the signatories, to:
Pr Michel Tousignant, Ph. D
Directeur et Vice-doyen à la réadaptation
Université de Sherbrooke
Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé
Offre d'emploi no 02639
3001, 12e avenue Nord
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 5N4
For more information on this position, we invite you to contact Professor Michel Tousignant directly: 819 821-8000, poste 12902
Starting date: summer 2017


Call for Submissions: The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities in Canadian Post-Secondary Education

(Ottawa, January 10, 2017) -

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has received funds from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP-D), of just over $193,000 for an important new research project:

The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities in Canadian Post-Secondary Education: 2016-2018.

At this time we seek written submissions from institutional offices/departments/faculties (including, but not limited to, student services and student affairs offices, campus disability groups, access centres and access committees, faculties and disability services offices) that describe best practices and lessons learned from working with students with disabilities. We are looking for details on professional development practices, innovative programming for students with disabilities, success stories, and effective policies and practices. We also want to know about gaps in learning, knowledge and service at the local level. If your school has a model program or service we’d like you to tell us about it.

Submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words, and be submitted in writing to the NEADS office by email no later than March 31, 2017 to<> with a subject heading The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities Submission. Please be advised, submissions may be used by the research team with attribution and permission -- unless we are informed that a submission is to be kept confidential and to be used in a general way -- in the final report and recommendations of the project.

This project specifically addresses the SDPP-D Program objective to:

"support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges." Building on previous NEADS work, including the landmark report of the National Taskforce on the Experience of Graduate Students with Disabilities, Understanding Accessibility in Graduate Education For Students with Disabilities in Canada (2016); Enhancing Accessibility for Disabled Students - A Guide For Service Providers (2012); and, Working Towards a Coordinated National Approach to Services, Accommodations and Policies for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities (1999), this project will undertake a thorough examination of the current landscape of accessibility, services, accommodations, technical equipment and supports for students with disabilities at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions across Canada.

The research will occur at the same time as, and is expected to inform, the Government of Canada's consultation on a new planned accessibility legislation, under the leadership of Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Consultations and research on post-secondary access and services are timely and will contribute to the Government of Canada's emphasis on access to education and training for persons with disabilities, leading to their participation in the competitive labour market.

Students with disabilities deserve equal access and opportunity in their schools. In supporting activities that engage and consult students with disabilities, we can make informed decisions on how to make this happen. Ensuring accessibility in post-secondary institutions is a great example of how ­ together ­ we are changing the culture around disability and creating a more accessible Canada.” ­ The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

For further information on this project contact:

Frank Smith, National Coordinator, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201,, email:

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Demande d’exposés : Vue d’ensemble de l’accessibilité et des aménagements pour les étudiants handicapés du niveau postsecondaire au Canada

(Ottawa, 10 janvier 2017) -

L’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire (NEADS) a reçu un peu plus de 193 000 $ du Programme de partenariats pour le développement social (PPDS-PH) du gouvernement du Canada pour un nouveau projet de recherche important : Vue d’ensemble de l’accessibilité et des aménagements pour les étudiants handicapés du niveau postsecondaire au Canada : 2016-­2018.

En ce moment, nous sollicitons des exposés écrits de bureaux, départements et facultés (notamment, mais non exclusivement, de bureaux de services aux étudiants et d’affaires étudiantes, de groupes d’étudiants handicapés sur les campus, de centres et de comités d’accès et de bureaux de services aux étudiants handicapés) qui décrivent les meilleures pratiques établies et les leçons apprises en travaillant avec des étudiants handicapés. Nous cherchons des informations détaillées sur les pratiques de perfectionnement professionnel, les programmes innovateurs pour les étudiants ayant des incapacités, des histoires de réussite, et des politiques et pratiques efficaces. Nous voulons aussi savoir quelles sont les lacunes locales au niveau de l’apprentissage, des connaissances et des services. S’il existe un programme ou un service modèle dans votre établissement, nous aimerions que vous nous en parliez.

Les exposés écrits ne doivent pas compter plus de 1 000 mots. Ils doivent être envoyés au bureau de NEADS par courriel à au plus tard le 31 mars 2017, en indiquant comme sujet Exposé pour le projet Vue d’ensemble de l’accessibilité et des aménagements pour les étudiants handicapés du niveau postsecondaire au Canada. Veuillez noter qu’il se peut que l’équipe de recherche utilise l’exposé, avec mention de la source et la permission des auteurs, dans le rapport final et les recommandations du projet, à moins qu’on nous avise qu’il doit demeurer confidentiel et ne servir que de façon générale.

Ce projet répond spécifiquement à l’objectif du PPDS-PH qui est d'« appuyer l’élaboration et l’utilisation d’approches efficaces en vue d’aborder les problèmes et les défis d’ordre social ». Il fait fond sur des travaux antérieurs de NEADS, dont le rapport historique de son Groupe de travail national sur l’expérience des étudiants aux cycles supérieurs, intitulé Understanding Accessibility in Graduate Education For Students with Disabilities in Canada (2016), et les rapports Améliorer l’accessibilité dans les établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire: Guide à l’intention des fournisseurs de services aux personnes handicapées (2012) et Pour une approche pancanadienne des services, des aménagements et des politiques destinés aux étudiant-e-s handicap-é-s de niveau postsecondaire (1999). Dans le cadre de ce projet, on entreprendra un examen approfondi de l’état actuel de l’accessibilité, des services, des aménagements, de l’équipement technique et des mesures de soutien dont bénéficient les étudiants handicapés fréquentant des établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire financés par le secteur public partout au Canada.

La recherche se déroulera en même temps que la consultation du gouvernement du Canada sur une nouvelle législation prévue sur l’accessibilité, que dirigera Mme Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées. Les consultations et la recherche sur l’accès et les services au niveau postsecondaire tombent à point et contribueront à confirmer l’importance que le gouvernement accorde à l’accès des personnes handicapées à l’éducation et à la formation qui leur permettront de participer au marché du travail concurrentiel.

« Les étudiants ayant des déficiences méritent d’avoir un accès égal aux possibilités offertes dans leurs écoles. En appuyant les activités qui mobilisent et consultent les étudiants handicapés, nous pouvons prendre des décisions éclairées sur les moyens de leur assurer cette accessibilité. Les efforts en ce sens pour les étudiants du niveau postsecondaire sont un excellent exemple du travail que nous pouvons faire ensemble pour changer la culture liée à l’incapacité et créer un Canada plus accessible. » ­ L’honorable Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur ce projet, contactez :

Frank Smith, coordonnateur national, Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire (NEADS), pièce 514, Unicentre, Université Carleton, Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 5B6, tél. : 613-380-8065, poste 201