Disability and Work: Inclusion and Integration in the Labour Market


Pavillon Chancellor-Day NCDH 316, 3644, rue Peel, Montréal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Organisé par le Centre pour les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique, cet panel, qui comprendra entre autres Normand Boucher et Gift Tshuma, explorera les obstacles auxquels font face les personnes handicapées lorsqu'elles entrent sur le marché du travail.

[Résumé en anglais seulement] The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) guarantees people with disabilities the right to the opportunity to gain a living through work, as well as a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible (art 27). However, there are still many challenges facing people with disabilities when entering the labour market, including discrimination, the employer’s economic concerns and short-term goals, and a decrease in funding and organizational capacity of the disability community services sector.

The topic of labour market integration policy and disability will be examined by comparing the multiplicity of legislation and policies from different Canadian jurisdictions throughout history. Labour market integration policy for people with disabilities varies, specifically in terms of the importance of the process and time of disablement, the type of work that is encouraged within these policies, and the formal acknowledgement of other barriers facing people with disabilities, such as discrimination and intersecting oppressions. These policy variances will be explored to strategically identify best practices, partnerships, and  areas for future policy expansion across jurisdictions.

The aim of this event is to engage law students, legal professionals, and academics with the intersections of labour law, policy, and disability rights.

The 2017-2018 Disability and Human Rights Initiative explores the theme of 'Disability, inclusion and integration in big cities', examining compelling issues in disability with a focus on law and policy, in keeping with the Faculty of Law’s tradition of analysis, scholarship and promotion of human rights and social justice.

Une demande d'accréditation pour 1,5 heures de formation continue obligatoire pour juristes a été déposée auprès d'un formateur reconnu.