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Project 8: Coming Out to Care: An inclusivity study of the Standard for carer-employers

Project timeline: 2020 to 2023

Surprisingly little is known about LGBTQI2S carers, and less about LGBTQI2S carer-employees. This project aims to understand the experiences of LGBTQI2S carer-employees (CEs) and how their LGBTQI2S identity impacts their comfort in accessing workplace accommodations. It also aims to identify if the Standard, and associated tools, as written, are culturally competent for LGBTQI2S carers; if it is not, this research will determine how the Standard and associated tools, and their implementation can be modified to make it more responsive to the needs of LGBTQI2S CEs.  This mixed-method, multi-stage project, will follow a pre-post intervention design and will take place at four sites in Central and Western Canada. With the assistance of UNIFOR, partner employers will be sought in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, and the Greater Vancouver Area. This project’s intended outcome is to improve the cultural competency of the Standard and its responsiveness to the needs of LGBTQI2S CEs; consequently, it will contribute to LGBTQ12S wellness and resilience.


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Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant, Project #8, Trainees

Sophie Geffros

Doctoral Candidate

Expandable List

Geffros, S. & Mouriopoulos, A. “The Use of Sex and Gender Analysis in Health Policymaking: Implications for Caregiving”. Poster. (Sheffield UK), Sustainable Care Conference.

Williams, A, Duxbury, L, Surijan, C., Ding, R., Geffros, S., Rishworth, A. “Examining Carer-Friendly Workplace Solutions for a Sustainable Future”. Panel Session. (Sheffield UK), Sustainable Care Conference. Virtual Event.