Healthy and Productive Work – Partnership Grants


Canadian workplaces are a reflection of our society. The number of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and work-related health issues is growing. Further, Canada's workforce is aging, and more and more working Canadians are devoting considerable time and energy to caregiving responsibilities. For some Canadians, physical and mental health issues and disabilities are a barrier to entering the workforce.

Employers are grappling with changing skills requirements and the challenges of accommodating their employees’ needs as they strive to develop and retain their workforces. Responding to these challenges demands expertise from across disciplines and fields of research and requires linkages with academic and non-academic stakeholders.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) created the Healthy and Productive Work initiative to employ research in the health and social sciences to support a healthy, productive, and inclusive Canadian workforce. The initiative focuses on fostering the labour force participation of men and women with health issues (e.g., injuries, illnesses, chronic diseases, mental health challenges, and other conditions) and disabilities, as well as older workers and workers with caregiving responsibilities outside of their paid work.

CIHR and SSHRC have invested $11.9M over five years to support partnerships led by nine researchers across the country.

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title Funding
Dr. Charles Bellemare Université Laval Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative $1,144,234
Dr. Ivy Bourgeault University of Ottawa Healthy Professional/Knowledge Workers: Examining the Gendered Nature of Mental Health Issues, Leaves of Absence & Return to Work Experiences from a Comparative Perspective $1,425,000
Dr. Sarah De Leeuw, Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities University of Northern British Columbia Cultural Agility in Northern BC's Healthcare System: Increasing Indigenous Employment Participation and Responsiveness to Indigenous Well-Being $1,306,200
Dr. Monique Gignac University of Toronto Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED): A partnership to deliver workplace tools and resources to sustain the employment of people with chronic, episodic conditions $1,224,864
Dr. Laurie Gottlieb McGill University Transforming Nurses' Work-Life Environments Through Training Clinical Leaders and Managers in Strengths-Based Nursing Using Innovative Forms of Story-Sharing $1,224,420
Dr. Rachelle Hole University of British Columbia TYDE: Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment $1,331,650
Dr. Sally Lindsay University of Toronto Partners for enhancing healthy and productive work for young men and women with disabilities $1,425,000
Dr. Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law University of Ottawa Policy and practice in return to work after work injury: Challenging circumstances and innovative solutions $1,419,434
Dr. Allison Williams McMaster University Mobilizing a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Standard: A Partnership Approach $1,424,610
Total $11,920,318
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