Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy


2017-18 Student Stipend Available (details)


The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) is a 7-year national scale research partnership, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is co-directed by Emile Tompa and Ellen MacEachen at the Institute for Work and Health in Ontario.

Officially launched on February 4th, 2014, this Centre brings together over 50 academics and 40 partners from across Canada who do not often collaborate.  SafetyNet is pleased to serve as the home base of both co-leads for this project's Newfoundland and Labrador provincial cluster - Dr. Stephen Bornstein and Dr. Barbara Neis.

The primary aim of the Centre is to identify how people, when disabled, can be better retained and integrated into the Canadian labour market. The ultimate goals of the centre’s research program are to improve public policy that fosters paid labour-market engagement of people with disabilities and to establish the field of Work Disability Policy in Canadian universities.  Throughout its 7-year span, this trans-disciplinary research program will offer many exciting opportunities for stakeholder involvement as well as student training and mentorship.

For further information (including profiles of academic co-investigators and community partners for each provincial cluster), please visit the Centre's official website.


Key Documents for the NL Cluster:

Our Guiding Principles

Roundtable on Inclusion: Summary Report (November 12, 2015)


Memorial's Disability Inclusion Group (DIG-MUN):


Formed in response to a suggestion made during our 2015 Roundtable on Inclusion, the intention of this newly-formed group is to promote disability inclusion at Memorial University and work toward the development of a Disability Studies curriculum for Memorial students.  It includes representation from all major faculties and other relevant groups at Memorial University, as well as from government, disability organizations, and the community at large.

Membership is open to all those who wish to join!  To find out more information or to become involved, contact Chrissy Vincent (Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial CRWDP Coordinator).


Knowledge Mobilization in NL:

  • The SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety & The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities - Newfoundland and Labrador (2016). Disability support services in Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada: Impacts on labour market participation for individuals with disabilities.  Seed grant project final report.  Read it here.
  • Small, Sandra, Catherine de Boer, and Michelle Swab (2015). Perceived barriers to and facilitators of labor market engagement for individuals with chronic physical illness in their experience with disability policy: A systematic review of qualitative evidence protocol.  Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(12): Online open access.
  • Stefanovic, Aleksandra, and Robert Chafe (2016).  "Is miscarriage a disability?"  Opinion piece published on healthydebate.ca, April 27, 2016.  Online open access.
  • Simas Medeiros, Daniella, Rose Ricciardelli, and Nicole Power (2016).  "Exploring the experiences and impacts of workplace violence among provincial correctional officers in Canada."  Presentation at the Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health Conference, Ottawa, May 6, 2016.  View slideshow here.
  • Simas Medeiros, Daniella, Rose Ricciardelli, and Nicole Power (2016).  "Correctional work: Harrassment in the custodial context."  Poster presentation at Memorial University's Conference on Workplace Harassment and Violence: Research, Policy and Practice, St. John's, May 13, 2016.  View poster here.


CRWDP Student Research in NL:

Ololade Adedoyin Animashaun

Aleksandra Stefanovic-Chafe

Daniella Simas Medeiros


Work Disability Policy in the Local News:

July 9, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - 'I wrote one letter'

July 8, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - In the game

July 7, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Ready for work

July 7, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Human rights complaints in NL often disability-related

July 6, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - NL students, past and present, object to listening test

July 6, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Welcoming classrooms

July 5, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Accessible tickets to ride

July 5, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Downtown could become more accessible

July 4, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - NL Housing Minister wants more accessible units

July 3, 2017 - The Telegram: Inclusion Now - Accessibility begins at home

July 3, 2017 - The Telegram: Mount Pearl man calls for Inclusion Now

August 20, 2016 - The Telegram: Full Service - A Dying Breed

July 8th, 2015 - The Telegram: Years of WHSCC problems

June 25th, 2015 - The Telegram: Disclosing mental illness in the workplace

March 26th, 2015 - CBC Radio: Developmentally disabled people need real jobs, says advocate

January 20th, 2015 - The Telegram: Island Furniture to spend $300K on jobs programs in 2015

December 5th, 2014 - The Telegram: Former Walgreens VP talks inclusion employment in St. John's

December 5th, 2014 - The Telegram: Award winner tells employers to listen up

December 1st, 2014 - The Telegram: Changing lives, one at a time

November 26th, 2014 - The Gazette: Communicating pain - Pioneering research gives voice to deaf community




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