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Research

We are available to partner, collaborate, co-lead and provide research assistance on government funded projects that relate to disability and work.

The Research Team at CCRW works with the private, public and not-for-profit sector through consulting, designing projects and methodologies, surveys and tool development, and conducting data analysis, visualizations, and infographics.

We are available to partner, collaborate, co-lead and provide research assistance on government funded projects that relate to disability and work. Our Research team works internally within our organization to provide data-driven insights on how we are currently support businesses, job seekers and employees.

Disability & Work: Advancing Inclusive Employment

This evaluation research was designed to measure the business impact of the Partners Program, with a general focus on understanding the needs, challenges, and successes of employers in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.

The research also turned a contextualizing lens on systemic and institutional barriers that stymie both employer and worker’s ability to actualize workplace accommodations and employment equity. This project is funded by the government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

DCIF: Disability Confidence Impacts Finance

The DCIF project is a business-focused response to the Accessible Canada Act (2019) that provides employers in the financial sector with a comprehensive blueprint to implement best-practice solutions for an inclusive workplace and accessible design and delivery of programs and services.

Grounded in an evidence-based, collaborative, and intersectional approach, DCIF will offer employers specific guidance, tools, and resources in an online, open-access toolkit. Funding for the DCIF project is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada’s Social Development Partnership Program – Disability component.

Access Ability: Supporting Employers in Hiring & Advancing Employees with Disabilities

In collaboration with the Public Policy Forum.

In pursuit of a post-pandemic economy that is equitable for all and positioned for growth, PPF launched the Access Ability project (Fall 2020) to work with its network of major Canadian employers plus provincial and federal policymakers to tackle the issue of exclusionary design and bias in recruitment, hiring and advancement affecting workers with disabilities. 

Access Ability

 

Disabilities and Livelihoods

In collaboration with the University of Guelph

The Disabilities and Livelihoods in Canada (DLC) is a SSHRC-funded research project that aims to develop a framework to understand how people with disabilities survive and thrive in Canada. The DLC project includes 3 pilot projects, as well as 2 overarching circles. The first pilot project investigates volunteering and livelihoods of people with disabilitiesThe second pilot project aims to understand livelihoods among deaf and disabled artists. The third pilot project examines pre-employment services and livelihoods of women with disabilities. The two circles that overarch the DLC project are the Livelihoods Circle and the Knowledge Mobilization Circle. 

Harnessing Talent Alliance

In collaboration with the Work Wellness Institute 

Harnessing Talent: Alliance for Recruiting and Retaining Canadians with Disabilities is a three-year project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. The goal of the alliance is to help employers keep employees with chronic health conditions and better use the talented pool of people with disabilities who are seeking employment.

The 50-30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage

In collaboration with the Government of Canada 

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, business and diversity organizations. Together with project co-creators, many of whom have been striving to increase corporate diversity for decades, the government has developed a plan to improve access for women, racialized persons including Black Canadians, people who identify as LGBTQ2, people living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis to positions of influence and leadership on corporate boards and in senior management. 

The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace, while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table. The government has always believed in seeking the best available advice when making decisions. 

Past Projects

Browse completed research projects from both CCRW and in collaboration with partners.

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