Tools for Members

COVID-19 Resources

Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic – Government of Canada:

COVID-19 Stay Well in Uncertain Times – Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division:

The Conference Board of Canada – Resources listed on this webpage are free:

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak – World Health Organization:

Roadblocks and Alternate Routes: Practical Strategies for Managing Return to Work and Mental Health

This resource, based on Canadian research evidence, is designed to serve many parties involved in return-to-work processes (employers, workers, labour unions, health care providers and more). The “roadblocks” are challenges faced when dealing with return to work for workers with mental health issues. The “alternate routes” provide you with helpful suggestions to deal with challenges.

The guide is free of charge and can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting:

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) Summer Series:
Leadership in Worker and Workplace Mental Health

June 8 – 14, 2020 DMCS 705: Mental Health Awareness: Promoting Worker Resilience
June 22 -28, 2020 DMCS 710: Building Environments to Sustain a Health Workforce
July 6 – 12, 2020 DMCS 715: Strategies to Retain Workers Experiencing Mental Health Challenges

Successful completion of each course provide 12 CEC hours.

The following Pandemic Info Share website, facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), is provided to enable businesses to share their pandemic-related good practices and resources that other workplaces may find helpful.

CALCULATORS available for Individuals, Employers and Social Security Agencies (occupational and non-occupational)

Calculators now available for individuals, employers and social security agencies (occupational and non-occupational sectors)

With the generous financial support of the IBM Cύram Research Institute and, as part of a collaborative effort involving the German Workers Compensation System (DGUV), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), three calculators were developed which are designed to allow individuals, employers, and social security agencies (in both the occupational and non-occupational sectors) to assess a range of economic consequences resulting from the loss of employment for an individual as a result of a disabling impairment. The development of the calculators also involved the participation and input from a broad range of experts in the Disability Management / Return to Work field. The following is a link to the website:

Disability Management Self Assessment (DMSA)

The Disability Management Self Assessment (DMSA) was developed based on key elements and questions from the Consensus Based Disability Management Audit (CBDMA), a highly calibrated, reliable and weighted tool used for benchmarking an organization’s disability management program and administered globally under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC).

The DMSA is designed to allow individual organizations to undertake a basic self-assessment of their current return to work and disability management efforts and obtain a report that provides an overview of their current performance. The report also identifies what the best practice is, thus allowing the organization to determine which areas of their program require review and/or improvement. The elements covered by the self assessment tool are as follows:

  1. Disability Management Policy and Workplace Resources
    1. Joint Worker-Management Support and Empowerment
    2. Responsibility, Accountability and Authority
    3. Workplace Culture and Policy Development
    4. Information and Communication Management
    5. Benefit Design and Influences
    6. Knowledge and Skills of the Disability Management Practitioner
  2. Disability Prevention
    1. Accident Prevention and Safety Programs
    2. Occupational Ergonomics
    3. Health Promotion and Wellness
    4. Injury, Disability and Lost Time Patterns
    5. Disability Cost Benefit Data
  3. Early Intervention and Timely Return to Work Process
    1. Early Intervention and Worker Communication Protocol
    2. Case Management Procedures
    3. Return to Work Coordination
    4. Transitional Work Options
    5. Workplace Accommodations

The following access is provided under License to the CSPDM for the use of its members: