Funding employment services to create sustainable employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

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Published: April 2022

by: Tompa E, Samosh D, Johnston H, Irvin E, Gewurtz R, Padkapayeva K, Moser C

This briefing draws on research evidence from a synthesis of international, peer-reviewed literature and field knowledge gathered from system actors in the Canadian work disability policy arena. Its aim is to provide insight for policy-makers to inform the design and administration of funding programs for employment services for persons with disabilities that promote gainful and, ideally, sustainable paid employment opportunities.

These programs fund employment services that offset real and perceived costs, support learning and skills development, and promote attitudinal and cultural change among system actors in the labour market. As such, how these programs are designed and packaged has a substantial impact on system actors.