Disability and Work in Canada 2018 will review a proposed national strategy to improve the level of employment of persons with disabilities in Canada. The conference represents the next step in a process that began in November 2017, when a broad range of work disability partners held a conference in Ottawa entitled Disability and Work in Canada: Success and Challenges of Canada’s First 150 Years—Developing a Vision and Strategy for the Future. Since the November 2017 conference, 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. The 2018 conference aims to foster broad consensus on the key elements of that draft strategy, which is being distributed prior to the December conference.
The conference is being hosted by the Disability and Work in Canada Steering Committee, which includes among its members a number of executive members from the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, a pan-Canadian, multidisciplinary research initiative on the future of work disability policy in Canada, housed at the Institute for Work & Health.