DWC Initiative

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.

DWC Strategy

The Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work

DWC Events

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:

Kathy Hawkins
Inclusion NL: Employer Support Services

Ron Saunders
Institute for Work & Health

The DWC Steering Committee Is Currently Comprised Of The Following Partner Organizations In Addition To CCRW:


Centre For Research On Work Disability Policy


CNIB Foundation


Inclusion Canada


Ontario Network Of Injured Workers’ Groups


Rick Hansen Foundation