Sickness and disability policy reform has been a priority for OECD countries wanting
to improve employment and social outcomes in this domain. The recent recession and
corresponding fall in labour demand is expected to hit marginalised workers, including
workers with health problems or disability, harder than the broader working-age population.
There is a pressing need for policy makers to address the recent “medicalisation”
of labour market problems, a phenomenon that appears to underlie much of the difficulties
countries find in disability policy making. This report is an assessment of the Canadian
situation, albeit through the lens of the federal government and the provinces of
Québec, British Columbia and Manitoba. It looks at the current state of play following
a decade of various reforms and preceding a period where further revisions are likely.