The Bancroft Institute for Studies on Workers’ Compensation and Work Injury (established originally in 1997 as the Injured Workers’ Institute) was formed by injured workers, advocates and academics to meet a need for education and research that focused on topics important to Ontario’s workers.
Annual workshops have addressed such issues as precarious employment, myths and realities of early and safe return to work, participatory action research methods and tools. In December 2003, the Bancroft Institute hosted a meeting of injured worker activists and researchers to explore joint research projects, leading eventually to the Injured Workers’ History Project and formal partnership between the injured worker community and university researchers (RAACWI).
Although the RAACWI project ended in 2012, the Bancroft Institute is continuing this collaboration through its workshops and Policy and Research Discussion series:
Upcoming:Policy & Research Discussion (Oct. 1, 2019): “Sick and Tired: Health and Safety Inequalities” – Stephanie Premji and co-authors, a multidisciplinary group of experts from the fields of labour studies, public health, ergonomics, epidemiology, sociology and law, lead a discussion on inequalities in workplace safety. [see flyer; Register online]