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DWC 2019 Conference – Strategy in Action

Disability and Work in Canada 2019: Strategy in Action, was held in Ottawa on December 4 and 5, 2019. The conference reviewed a revised pan-Canadian strategy to improve the level of employment of persons with disabilities and identify the most important early steps in implementation. Speaker videos, presentation slides, notes and other materials from the conference will be posted on this site when they become available.

Since the National Conference in 2017, efforts have been underway to develop a vision and strategy for the future, focused on key initiatives to increase the employment of persons with a disability. A draft strategy was distributed in the Fall of 2018 and discussed at the National Conference in December 2018. The strategy was currently being revised following feedback from consultation across Canada that took place in the spring of 2019. A revised strategy is available here below.

The Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work

DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (PDF)
DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (Word)
DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (plain text)
DWC Strategy: Moving Forward Together (Large Font PDF)

Click here for the supporting background documents to the DWC Strategy

Videos of speaker presentations

Welcome by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

The keys to successful strategy implementation, by Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility

Closing remarks by Steve Mantis

DWC2019 Conference Program

PDF Version
Word Version
Plain Text Version
Large Font PDF Version

Click here for other materials for conference participants

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Thank you:

Hosts of the DWC Conference 2019 are CCRW (Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work), InclusionNL, CRWDP (Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy), Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups


Financial support to the conference was provided by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) which is a 7-year research partnership funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) and by the Government of Canada. Our platinum sponsor is the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793. Our silver sponsors are the Canada's Building Trades Unions and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).


 Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), Workers United Canada Council (An SEIU Affiliate). Conference Twitter Hashtag #DWCanada



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