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DWC 2020 – Day 4 Presentations

Moving Forward Together
Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) Initiative

The Disability and Work in Canada 2020 (DWC 2020) Conference was held virtually this year over four days in late November and early December (November 25 & 26 and December 1 & 2). The theme for this year’s conference was the “Strategy in Action—Pathways and Impacts”, with subthemes for each day as follows:

Wednesday December 2, 2020 – Moving Forward Together

Opening Remarks (MC) – Day 4 Theme: Moving Forward Together

 

MC: Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

 

 

Parallel session 1: Income Security for Persons with a Disability (Part 2)

 

Moderator: 

Steve Mantis, Chair, Research Action Committee, Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG)

 

 

Speakers:

  • Laura Cattari, Senior Policy Analyst, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

 

 

  • Michael Prince, Landsdowne Professor, University of Victoria

 

 

  • Neil Belanger, Executive Director, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

 

 

Session Description: This session will focus on current recommendations to reform income supports. Speakers include Michael Prince, Landsdowne Professor, University of Victoria; Neil Belanger, Executive Director, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS); and Laura Cattari, a disability and poverty activist and a person with lived experience.

Tags: Income supports

 

 

Parallel session 2: How are we doing? Monitoring and Measurement of Progress on Implementing Policies and Programs

 

Moderators: 

Alec Farquhar, Chair, Engagement, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy and

 

 

Maureen Haan, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

 

 

Speakrers:

  • Jeff Willbond, Director General, Proactive Compliance Branch, Canadian Human Rights Commission

 

 

  • Steven Tobin, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Council

 

 

  • Jillian Hardie, Executive Director/CEO, Challenge Disability Resource Group and Career Industries, Whitehorse, Yukon

 

 

Session Description: Canada has made ambitious commitments under the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Accessible Canada Act. This includes a broad range of issues. Regarding employment, persons with disabilities are trying to obtain employment. Employers and unions are striving to improve the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. Agencies are providing front line employment services. But how will we know if we are making progress? This panel will focus on how best to measure progress both broadly for the big initiatives and also in terms of improving employment outcomes.

Tags: Human rights, Measurement and accountability

 

 

Parallel session 3: Gender-Based Analysis Plus – Opportunities Fund

 

Moderator:

Kathy Padkapayeva, National Manager, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)

 

 

Speakers:

  • Renata Sharkey, Policy Analyst, Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) Team, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

 

  • Jessica Stark, Senior Analyst, Strategic Integration and Corporate Affairs (SICA) Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

 

 

  • Khaddouj Souaid, Manager, Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) Team, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

 

 

  • Thomas Bergbusch, Senior Policy Analyst, Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) Team, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

 

 

Session Description: The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program is a $40M per year contribution program that assists persons with disabilities who have limited or no attachment to the labour market prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment. The Opportunities Fund also works with employers to prepare workplaces for the integration of persons with disabilities and to raise the profile of persons with disabilities in the employer community. The program’s responsibilities include oversight of the performance measurement framework, providing strategic program policy advice on issues related to the labour market participation of persons with disabilities, undertaking forward-looking policy development to identify and address future programming needs, developing strategic partnerships, management of internal and external consultations and priority setting to launch the Call for Proposals. The program is led by Employment and Social Development Canada staff members, consisting of Khaddouj Souaid (Manager), Thomas Bergbusch (Senior Policy Analyst) and Renata Sharkey (Senior Policy Analyst), who are dedicated to increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the workforce.

Additional Materials and Resources:

Tags: Disability-confident workplace, Hiring, Measurement and accountability

 

 

Vignette: Vignette by Michael

 

Vignette by Michael. CASE – Profiles of Employment Success. Our thanks to the Canadian Association of Supported Employment for the vignettes.

Tags: Accommodation, Disability-confident workplace, Hiring

 

 

Joint Keynote: A fireside chat with Perrin Beatty and Hassan Yussuf

 

Moderator:

Alec Farquhar, Chair, Engagement, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

 

 

Speakers:

  • Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress

 

 

  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Session Description: COVID-19 has challenged Canada in many ways, both on a human and economic level. We have been fortunate to have some outstanding collaboration within civil society in developing our response. Perrin Beatty, CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, have modeled this right from the beginning of the pandemic. Their joint approach to the Prime Minister opened the door to many conversations at the sectoral, provincial and local levels. We are very fortunate to have Perrin and Hassan presenting a joint keynote to the DWC conference focused on ensuring that persons with disabilities are fully included in the recovery of our labour market.

Tags: COVID-19

 

 

Break with Vignette: Vignette by Rachel Boutin

 

Vignette by Rachel Boutin CASE – Profiles of Employment Success. Our thanks to the Canadian Association of Supported Employment for the vignettes.

Tags: Accommodation, Disability-confident workplace, Hiring

 

 

DWC Steering Committee Reflections

Speakers:

Alec Farquhar,

 

 

Maureen Haan

 

 

Steve Mantis

 

 

Ron Saunders

 

 

Emile Tompa

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Plenary: In The Works: A Dynamic Strategy

 

Introduction:

Emile Tompa, Director, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)

 

 

Speaker: 

Michael Prince, Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

Closing for the Day (MC) – Day 4 Theme: Moving Forward Together

 

MC: Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

 

 

 

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