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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Policy-Relevant Research in
Disability and Rehabilitation

Who We Are

The Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (IDRR) was established as a logical step in the growth of the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDPR). The CDPR was established in 2012 through a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). The current research activities of the CDPR can be found in our research section. Since its inception, Ontario Tech University and CMCC have been equal partners of the CDPR. The CDPR has operated under a successful joint institution governance model and it is now ready to grow and become an official Research Institute at Ontario Tech University. Consequently, the proposed mandate of the new IDRR expands beyond the health sciences (FHSc and CMCC) and will include research-related social sciences and humanities (FSSH).

 Building on the successful track record of the CDPR, the new IDRR will conduct research that develops, informs and advocates for innovative strategies and policies to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with disabilities, and to develop effective rehabilitation interventions for Canadians and people worldwide. Research activities at the IDRR will primarily focus on musculoskeletal and mental health conditions.

 Values and Mission

The IDRR was founded with the purpose of conducting research that develops, informs and advocates for innovative strategies that will lessen the burden or prevent the negative impact of disability on physical and mental health in Canadians and people worldwide. The vision of IDRR is overcoming disability at school, at home, at work and in the community. Its mission is to reduce disability through evidence-based, team research and knowledge exchange. Thus, IDRR aims to reduce the burden of disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health in Canadians by investigating their shared etiology and prognosis, developing/adopting clinical practice guidelines and knowledge tools, and impact on patients and health care services.


Posted June 17, 2021

The Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter for June 2021 is now available!

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Posted April 6, 2021

The Global Rehabilitation Alliance announces WORLD HEALTH DAY, 7th April 2021!

Rehabilitation and assistive technology to build a fairer, healthier world ...

In some low and middle-income countries, only 3-5% of persons with disabilities who need rehabilitation can access it. In the lead-up to World Health Day, we call on governments to tackle barriers to access rehabilitation. View the Global Rehabilitation Alliance statement at

Posted March 22, 2021 in CBC News:

British Columbia

Battle over chiropractors' ability to do routine X-rays headed for B.C. court; College of Chiropractors of British Columbia says repeat radiography shows no benefit to patients and increases radiation risk

The College's decision to restrict the use of X-rays comes after a rapid review of the scientific literature on the topic. The team that conducted that research included Pierre Côté, Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University.

Read the rapid review: Corso M, Cancelliere C, Mior S, Kumar V, Smith A, Côté P. The clinical utility of routine spinal radiographs by chiropractors: A rapid review of the literature. Chiropr Man Therap. 2020;28(1):33.

The Canadian Science Policy Centre  (CSPC) in partnership with Canada’s Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer is pleased to announce the Delegates for the 2021 Science Meets Parliament program. Dr. Pierre Côté is honoured to be among the delegates.
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*Clinical Management of COVID-19* is a free online course offered by WHO. With input from international experts, WHO has developed a 7-module course on rehabilitation as part of their free training series on COVID-19. Open to all health practitioners!