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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2022: Accommodation Strategies for Employee Success


A recent national poll by Mental Health Research Canada reported that mental health symptoms impair the day-to-day functioning of 25% of respondents.

Providing accommodation for employees with disabilities and mental health challenges is essential to helping them feel supported and productive in the workplace, beyond the duty-to-accommodate requirement.

At this event, mental health professionals from across government will offer strategies for helping employees with mental health challenges reach their full potential at work.

Learn about the importance of managerial support in developing sustainable accommodation measures with employees based on individual situational needs, the role of flexible schedules, duties and location of work in helping employees stay on the job or return to work following leave, and tips and tools to support colleagues facing mental health challenges.

This event is presented in partnership with the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, part of the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.


  • Heather Johnston, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Work and Health
  • Ashley Eades, Business Analyst, Office of the Deputy Minister of Public Service Accessibility, Office of Public Service Accessibility, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Myriam Lachance, Director, Workplace Wellness Programs, Workplace Wellbeing and Workforce Development Division, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Melanie Winzer, A/Director General, Enterprise Strategic Project Management Office, Public Services and Procurement Canada


Tracey Donaldson, Director, Outreach and Engagement, Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, Canada School of Public Service

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