Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) Initiative
In 2017, CCRW participated as a member of Civil Society at the UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities Committee in Geneva with a focus on Article 27, employment. The concluding remarks from the UNCRPD committee for Article 27 included a concern that Canada does not have a policy for employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, CCRW convened a group of like-minded organizations and held the first Disability and Work in Canada conference in December of 2017.
At the conference, we asked for feedback on the observations and we heard that Civil Society wanted a strategy first, before a policy. From there, the Pan-Canadian Strategy on Disability and Work was created, and over the next few years went through a general consultative process. The DWC Steering Committee published its pan-Canadian strategy for disability and work in November 2019.
The Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work
Moving Forward Together
The Disability and Work in Canada Conference happens annually in late November/ early December. This conference brings together stakeholders from the business, government, and disability communities to discuss the state and progress of employment and disability in Canada. This conference also showcases the voices of persons with disabilities and their experiences
DWC Steering Committee Past Members:
Inclusion NL: Employer Support Services
Institute for Work & Health