Thanks to funding received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the context of the Healthy and Productive Work competition, we have gathered a multi-disciplinary team of 14 academics, 18 partners and over 20 trainees to address the overarching policy question:

How can Canadian public policies promote better practices to ensure sustainable return to work for all injured workers?

More specifically, six research programs will examine the scope and effectiveness of regulated return to work policies and the application of those protections to three categories of workers. These include workers injured: 1) while working in non-standard employment (temporary, on-call, part-time, and self-employed workers); 2) while engaging in employment-related geographical mobility or 3) while working full time at minimum wage.

We are also interested more broadly in the situation of workers suffering from either physical or mental health problems attributable to the workplace and in the roles of unions and workplaces in supporting return to work in light of the applicable policy frameworks.

This research program’s scope currently includes workers living in Québec, Ontario and the Maritime Provinces and may expand to other Canadian provinces. When possible, we will include both unionized and non-unionized workers within the purview of our research, and partners are chosen accordingly.

Below are the 6 research streams, some of which include several projects:

Team of Investigators

Susana Caxaj, assistant professor, University of Western Ontario

Daniel Côté, researcher at the Institut de recherche en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST) and adjunct professor at the Département d’anthropologie at the Université de Montréal

Rachel Cox, law professor at the Département des sciences juridiques, UQAM

Émilie Giguère, Assistant professor at the Département des fondements et pratiques en éducation, Université Laval

Sylvie Gravel, professor at the Département d’organisation et ressources humaines, UQAM

Michael Haan, Canada Research Chair, Migration and Ethnic Relations, Western University

Jenna Hennebry, professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and co-founder of the International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dana Howse, post-doctoral fellow, Memorial University, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research

Anne Hudon, Assistant professor, Programmes de physiothérapie, École de réadaptation, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal

Ai-Thuy Huynh, scientific professional, Institut de recherche en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Law Faculty, Civil Law section

Ellen MacEachen, professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Robert MacPherson, Research Associate, University of British Columbia

Janet McLaughlin, professor of Health Studies and research associate with the International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

Chris McLeod, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, and PopHealth, University of British Columbia

Barbara Neis, John Lewis Paton Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Senior Research Associate, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Mariève Pelletier, vocational guidance counsellor and researcher at the Institut national de la santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)

Stephanie Premji, professor in the School of Labour Studies, McMaster University

Desai Shan, Assistant Professor, Community Health and Humanities Department, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

Louise St-Arnaud, psychologist and professor at the Département des fondements et pratiques en éducation, Université Laval

Mircea Vultur, researcher, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)


Anthony Bruno, Bachelors student, Wilfrid Laurier University

Deon Castello, PhD student, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jean-Paul Dautel, PhD student, University of Ottawa

Anthony Delisle, law student, University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section

Mireille Gélinas, Masters student, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Jérome Grenier, law student, University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section

Pamela Jean Hopwood, Masters student, University of Waterloo

Faiza Kadri, PhD student, Université du Québec à Montréal, département des sciences juridiques

Tauhid Khan Hussain, PhD student, University of Waterloo

Camille Lanthier-Riopel, Masters student, University of Ottawa

Stephanie Mayell, PhD student, University of Toronto

Alex Medley, law student, University of Ottawa, Common Law section

Vicky Sabourin, Masters student, University of Ottawa

Sue Sherifali, PhD student, University of Waterloo

Elise Thorburn, PhD student, Memorial University, Faculty of Medicine

Maxine Visotzky-Charlebois, Masters student, Université du Québec à Montréal and PhD student, University of Ottawa


Monique Lefebvre, Research Team Coordinator, Partnership Grant ​​​​:Policy and practice in return to work after work injury: Challenging circumstances and innovative solutions

Sandra Métayer, Administrative Assistant, Research Laboratory for Research on Occupational Health and Safety and Law


Join us March 10 from 10 am to noon for a webinar on Work disability policy and practices supporting the healthcare and mobility of injured and disabled workers. See event web page for more information and to register.  

On January 22nd 2021, Katherine Lippel appeared before the Parliamentary Commission of the Quebec National Assembly studying Bill 59 modernising occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation legislation.  Here is a link to her presentation and the memoir itself. 

The University of Ottawa Press and Library and Archives Canada would like to invite you to the Vulnérable : COVID-19, équité et phénomènes de triage social [Vulnerable: COVID-19, Equity and Social Triage Phenomena] conference. Hosted by Philippe Marcoux (Radio-Canada) and with Katherine Lippel as one of the guest speakers, the event will take place on Thursday January 21st at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast in English (with translation) and in French on the Library and Archives Canada YouTube channels .

We invite you to a webinar on Returning to work after a period disability: What roles for the workplace and healthcare professionals? (In French only) This webinar will take place on Wednesday November 25 10 am to noon. See event web page to register. 

Do not miss the Virtual Summit of the 33rd #EntretiensJacquesCartier that will look at the influence of organizational factors on occupational health and safety at work. The event will take place online on November 6 from 9 am to noon (in French only). You can register here.  

Join us for a 4-part webinar series to explore COVID-19 related challenges in workplace law and policy starting September 25. Register here and pay what you can.

Watch Professor Katherine Lippel's presentation on the panel Innovation in addressing COVID-19 as part of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health's Special Session on COVID-19 and OHS. Here is the recording: https://www.safety2021canada.com/session-recordings/

The Return to Work and Mental Health Webinar PowerPoint Presentations now available. 

Videos of Symposium on Return to Work are now available online! Click here

“Not one more preventable death. . . We will not forget Bonifacio Eugenio Romero”. Migrant worker health experts dedicate new website in worker’s honour. See website here

Videos of the presentations of the Journée en droit social et du travail can be accessed here


Contact us

For general inquiries, please contact: 

Monique Lefebvre

  • monique.lefebvre@uottawa.ca 


For media inquiries, please contact: 

Katherine Lippel

  • klippel@uottawa.ca






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