Canadian Forces Reviewing System for Disabled CIVILIANS…

…. according to a Request for Proposals DND issued this week.

This caught my eye at MERX:

“It is the intention of the Department of National Defence (DND) to award a single contract for services required to undertake a comprehensive review of the employments systems, policies, practices and services as it relates to disability management and the accommodation of civilians with a disability including: return-to-work program, and workplace accommodation.”

On re-reading it, and with input from those far smarter than me, the emphasis is on “civilian”.  More, from the Statement of Work:

“OBJECTIVE:
For the contractor to undertake a comprehensive review of the department’s employment systems, policies, practices and services as it relates to its disability management practices and the  accommodation of civilians with a disability, including:

  • Return to Work Program; and
  • Workplace Accommodation.

The Contractor will provide the following:

  • An evaluation of the current situation at DND (including regard for the management of CF casualty management framework to determine how military members are dealt with as compared to civilians in order to highlight possible best practices in use);
  • A summary of DND obligations regarding the accommodation of civilians with a disability;
  • A report of the issues and/or gaps between obligations and current situation;
  • Recommendations for a “framework” (i.e. the composite of policies, procedures, practices, etc.) to meet DND obligations and realities; and
  • Recommendations for future monitoring of the DND framework for accommodating persons with a disability.

No, this is not a review of the rules, regulations and practices governing uniformed military wounded in Afghanistan (or anyplace else down the road, for that matter).

I am prepared to cut DND some slack, though, in light of the sections I highlighted in green – there appears to be a chance that some of this work may lead to some consideration of rules for other-than-civilian disabled.

We’ll have to wait and see – the Statement of Work estimates it’ll be 32 weeks between awarding of the contract and recommendations being ready and presented.

More, as it happens…

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