Researching impacts of injury on the worker
The Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury (RAACWI) was a 5-year (2006-2011) community-based research project funded by the federal Community-University Research Alliance (CURA). The initiative aimed to answer the question:
How does Ontario’s workers’ compensation system help or hinder the protection of injured workers – immediately and over time – against negative economic, social, physical and mental health consequences of injury and how legislation, policies, programs and practices can best support injured workers?.
Community – university collaboration
Community lead was injured worker activist, Steve Mantis (ONIWG, Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers’ Support Group); academic lead Emile Tompa (Institute for Work and Health). Partner organizations: Bancroft Institute, Injured Workers’ Consultants, Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups, Ontario Federation of Labour, Institute for Work & Health, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Office of the Worker Adviser, McMaster University, University of Toronto. Other participating organizations: Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, Lakehead University, Toronto Injured Workers’ Advocacy Group, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Trent University, United Steelworkers, University of Ottawa, York University.
The many research projects undertaken included an anti-stigma initiative with the WSIB. In addition to supporting the Injured Workers’ Speakers School, RAACWI built on the work undertaken by Dr Robert Storey and the Injured Workers’ History Project team.
The Alliance shared research findings through publications and reports, conference presentations, community forums and the play “Easy Money”.
Archives of the RAACWI Initiative are held by Injured Workers’ Consultants.