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Pan-Canadian strategy on disability and work unveiled at conference

After two years of extensive consultation with a host of stakeholders, the pan-Canadian strategy on greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market is now out. The strategy was unveiled in December at the 2019 Disability and Work in Canada Conference, where participants looked ahead for opportunities to make progress with concrete, achievable initiatives.

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Building capacity in the settlement service sector to promote OHS awareness among newcomers

Newcomers to Canada are at increased risk of workplace injury and illness, due in part to a lack of knowledge about their rights and responsibilities in occupational health and safety (OHS). IWH was recently involved in a project focused on supporting settlement agencies to promote OHS awareness among newcomers. In an upcoming IWH Speaker Series presentation, IWH's Dr. Basak Yanar joins Eduardo Huesca of Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) to talk about OHS capacity-building workshops for settlement agencies. They also discuss opportunities for Ontario’s OHS system partners to further support the settlement sector.

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Comparing employment patterns of older workers in four countries

In many developed countries, including Canada, encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce is a common policy goal. But what do we know about current work participation patterns among people aged 65 to 75? A new study involving IWH looks at data in Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.

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Season's Greetings from all of us at IWH

The holidays are upon us. We at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) wish you all the best of the season. May your holidays be restful, joyful and safe. Thank you for your support in 2019. Let’s resolve to continue working towards greater worker protection in the new year.

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Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment linked to lower odds of mental illness

Previous studies have suggested that the process of making a workers’ compensation claim is linked with poorer mental health. A new study by IWH examines the contribution of one aspect of the process: the interactions between injured workers and case managers. As summed up in At Work, the findings of this study drive home the importance of treating claimants respectfully and giving them the information they need.

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World Congress 2020 extends deadline for presentation proposals

Do you have successes to share or insights to explore with others in the global occupational health and safety community? Submit your proposal to present your strategic solutions, research findings or industry innovations at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2020. World Congress 2020, co-hosted by IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, takes place in Toronto, October 4-7.

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IWH 2018-19 annual report highlights what research can do

What can IWH research do? It can point to injuries and illnesses emerging in today’s working environment. It can find new solutions and best practices to prevent work injuries and disabilities. It can evaluate the effectiveness of system-level health, safety and disability prevention policies and programs. Our 2018-19 annual report, now out, highlights examples of IWH work during the year ending March 31, 2019, that did just this.

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At Work Fall 2019 is now out

The Fall 2019 issue of At Work is now "on the stands." In the issue, learn how claimants' perceptions about fair treatment by case managers are linked to their odds of experiencing poor mental health. Read about the workplace roles that most commonly experience communication problems around return to work. Find out the link between COR certification and injury rates. And more... 

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IWH’s Dr. Monique Gignac recognized for arthritis-related research service work

Congratulations to IWH Senior Scientist and Scientific Co-Director Dr. Monique Gignac. In early November, the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professions (ARP) named her a recipient of one of its 2019 service awards. The ARP Addie Thomas award recognizes an association member who has been an active volunteer involved with local, regional, national and/or international arthritis-related activities. 

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Proposed new CSA standard on work disability management now open for feedback

Currently, no national or international standard is available to help Canadian employers achieve excellence in their work disability management systems. A research team, which includes IWH Senior Scientist and Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) Director Dr. Emile Tompa, has been working with the CSA Group to change that. A new proposed standard on work disability prevention management systems—the CSA Z1011 standard—is now available for public review and comment. The deadline for feedback is December 8.