About this website

This website is the product of the Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury (RAACWI)—a joint community-university research initiative that came together in 2005 to investigate how the workers’ compensation system helps and/or hinders injured workers. Funding was provided through a $1 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2006. The six-year project, co-led by Dr. Emile Tompa of the Institute for Work & Health and Steve Mantis of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups, officially ended in March 2012.

As a result, this website is no longer active and has been archived. However, we are keeping the website live so that people can access information about its purpose, partners and projects—including its support of more than 25 research studies, some of which have since been taken up in the policy arena.


Ontario has a long history of injured worker activism. In recent years, injured workers and their representatives have become more involved in research. They have been joined by a number of researchers and community partners who support their struggles.

This group has formed a partnership called the Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury. The mandate of the Alliance is to undertake research on the workers' compensation system and its role in the economic, social and health consequences of work injury. The Alliance builds on the expertise of all involved to produce insights into the compensation system that will influence policy development, education, and further investigation.

Ultimately, the Alliance hopes to make the system work better for all injured workers.

Goals of the initiative

The main goals of the initiative are:


  • To document the effects of work injury and illness and the role played by legislation, policies, programs and practices.
  • To encourage evidence-informed policy-making in workers' compensation boards.
  • To equip injured workers and their representatives with the skills to continue their involvement in research and the dissemination of evidence.
  • To increase sensitivity to, and knowledge of injured workers' experiences.
  • To increase awareness of the need to involve non-academic communities in research.


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