Return to work among mobile workers from Atlantic Canada

Invitation to Participate

We want to know about mobile workers' experiences of return-to-work after a work-related injury or illness.

We want to hear from “mobile workers” – workers who live or have lived in Atlantic Canada, who travelled 1.5 hours or more from home to work (including to another province or territory or offshore), and who were injured or made ill by that "mobile work" in the past 17 years (since 2000).

We want to know about your experience with work-related injury/illness while working away from home including:

  • what happened, how the injury/illness was handled
  • whether or not you were compensated for time loss, treatment, etc. and your experience with return to work
  • how working away affected your injury/illness experience, your relationship with your employer, with other employers, health care providers and workers’ compensation (if you filed a claim)
  • the impact of the return to work process on your longer term work options and your family and home lives.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and involves a confidential interview of about 1 to 1.5 hours in length, either in person or by telephone. As a token of our thanks, we will offer you $50 to cover your time and any travel costs related to the interview.

We are researchers from Memorial University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Waterloo, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Alberta. This study is part of a larger one that includes similar research in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research at Memorial University.

Contact Dana Howse at or call 709-864-7249 if you are interested in participating or want to learn more about this research.

Link to a "Recruitment Flyer" for posting/sharing.