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Participation and engagement needs of home care rehabilitation professionals transitioning out of the COVID-19 pandemic: A Pilot Study

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way millions of Canadians live, work, and interact within their communities. Specifically, it has impacted the participation and engagement of Rehabilitation Professionals (RPs) working for homecare agencies, such as VHA Home HealthCare. Among the health professions studied in the stress and burnout literature, RPs have received little attention. This study aims to examine the nature of burnout and occupational stress among RPs at VHA Home HealthCare while they transition out of the COVID- 19 pandemic and evaluates the impact of burnout and occupational stress on participation at work.

Impact of Labour Mobility on the Physical and Mental Health of Skilled Trades Workers in Ontario, Canada

Labor mobility and subsequent workers migration is an increasing trend around the world as migrant workers make a huge quota of the economic growth of high-income countries. There is a paucity of data in the literature about labor mobility and its effect on mental health. This study aims to examine the impact of labour mobility on the physical and mental health of skilled trade workforce in Ontario.

Supporting Employers in Apprentice Training: Outcomes of a Training and Mentoring Program for Electrical and Plumbing Employers

Ontario faces a serious labor force shortage in the skilled trades – a problem compounded by inadequate training opportunities provided through apprenticeships. The Ontario Construction Secretariat estimates that 100,000 additional workers will be needed across the province by 2029 Yet, apprenticeships aren’t keeping up with this demand. The study aims to evaluate the impact of the project and make recommendations for future supports that will lead to more completions of apprenticeship pathways and improved employer participation in apprenticeships.

Rapid review of telehealth treatments of psychological disorders

In Canada, the pandemic has created unprecedented stress for the health care system, and it is likely to negatively impact workers differently because of issues and concerns such as threat of infection, job tenure, income levels and organizational perceptions, and health-focused interventions that support RTW. As a first step, we will conduct a rapid review of the literature to describe the efficacy of telehealth interventions for clinical depression in the workplace.

Rising Burden of Gender-Based Violence at Workplace in the Digital Era: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights and  is violence directed against a person because of their gender and includes sexual violence and domestic violence. Certain populations are disproportionately affected by GBV, such as young women and girls, Indigenous women and girls, women living in rural areas, newcomer women to Canada, women living with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Understanding the extent to which GBV impacts women employees has important implications. Underreporting of GBV victims prevents policies against GBV from being implemented and enforced efficiently. By examining GBV in the education, healthcare, industry, and uniformed services sectors, this review will provide evidence-based strategies and inform policymakers about how GBV takes root in the places we live, work, study and play.

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