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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

January 13, 2016
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CCRW Celebrates 40 Years!

In this Issue:
  • The History of CCRW
  • We are Moving!
  • More about CCRW

CCRW empowers Canadians with disabilities through employment.


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CCRW Celebrates 40 Years of Service!

The History of CCRW

40YearsRibbon 2It all started in 1966 when 75 representatives of rehabilitation workshop programs across Canada gathered to discuss operational standards for sheltered workshops.  It took a while, but in 1972, the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation Workshops was created.  Their first task was to do a review of sheltered workshops in Canada for the Department of National Health and Welfare.  They made recommendations regarding the future of vocational rehabilitation programs, particularly as regards alternatives to the traditional sheltered workshop. 

On January 26, 1975. CCRW was incorporated as a National charitable organization.

On May 18, 1984, CCRW became the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.  The new principle objective was to promote vocational rehabilitation and employment services, both inside and outside of traditional "workshop" settings.    The term "work" was added to be more consistent with the advent of the "post-industrial era" which profoundly affected and continues to affect the working lives of all Canadians.  This was a very exciting time in the area of employment.  CCRW included not only the provision of meaningful work activity to those who cannot reasonable expect to attain competitive employment , to permanent employment in mainstream industry, with or without subsidies and training and counselling supports, part-time work, volunteer work and concepts such as "job-sharing".

In August 1986, the Employment Equity Act became law in Canada and the rights of persons with disabilities along with other groups (women, Aboriginals and visible minorities) to be a full part of the Canadian workforce.  This focused the direction of CCRW even more.  CCRW presented a multitude of workshops and seminars on employment of persons with disabilities. 

Starting in 1991, CCRW started developing their programs and services for employers and persons with disabilities:
1.  Skills Training Partnership (STP) considered a "Best Practice" by the United Nations.  This program was revamped in 2009-10 to reflect current employment conditions.
2. WORKink was created and continues to be our job-posting site.
3.  In 2000, our Job Accommodation Service (JAS) was created.  It continues to be one of the most respected services in Canada for helping employers find solutions to allow their employees with disabilities to work to the best of their ability.
4. from 2003-2015 Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) became a showcase for bringing persons with disabilities into meaningful jobs.  Both the employers and the job-seekers/employees were supported.

Today, 40 years later, CCRW continues to develop new and expanded programs across the country helping people with disabilities find meaningful work and increasing awareness among employers and the general public of all the Abilities that are available from everyone!

For more information, please go to our website


We are moving to a new location at the end of January!  As of February 1, 2016 our new address will be:
477 Mount Pleasant Road, Suite 105
Toronto, ON    M4S 2L9

Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same!

More About CCRW

CCRW offers employment programs for persons with disabilities in 20 cities across Canada.  We also offer a Job Accommodation Service to employers for their employees with disabilities.  For more information on each program please go to our Programs and Services page or contact each program by email below:

Job Accommodation Service
Partners Program
New Brunswick Employment Services
Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program
Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
Youth the Future

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