Published: August 23, 2022

Study participants wanted I: New participants for next round of future-of-work surveys

A team led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Scientist Dr. Arif Jetha is inviting you to share your ideas in a study exploring how the future of work will affect young people with disabilities. In 2021, participants across Canada identified six key challenges expected to impact the future employment of young workers with disabilities. Participants also recommended supports that have the potential to protect these young workers in the face of these challenges. (Read the summary report to learn more about what participants had to say: In a fresh round of surveys, new participants will be invited to weigh in on the implications of these six factors and rank the program and policy supports that were recommended earlier. This is an exciting opportunity to help make the future of work inclusive. For more information, contact Kay Nasir at To take part, go to:

Study participants wanted II:  More men for study to test new work support planning tool

A research team at IWH, led by Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac, is currently testing a tool that has been developed to help workers with a physical or mental health condition identify the work supports and accommodations they need. Ongoing  recruitment for this project, called Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities or ACED, has been going well. However, the team is still looking for more men to take part in the study. If you live in Canada, have a chronic health condition or disability, work at least 20 hours in a paid job, and are interested in learning about different types of work supports, the research team needs your help. Find out more:

IWH awards Syme Fellowships

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has awarded the 2022-23 S. Leonard Syme Fellowships to three young researchers at the master’s or doctoral level who are studying work and health:

Pamela Hopwood, a PhD student in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on feminized care work on digital platforms.

Tauhid Hossain Khan, a PhD student also in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on how self-employed workers navigate work, injury and illness.

Geneviève Jessiman-Perreault, a PhD student in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her work examines the role of gendered work, personal health and organizational factors on the need, access and use of mental health services.