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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) is an innovative research hub that investigates issues related to disability and rehabilitation from the perspective of the health sciences and the social sciences and humanities. The IDRR, established in 2021 builds on the work conducted at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDPR). The CDPR was created in 2012 through a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). The IDRR is committed to conduct applied research that is relevant to policymakers involved in disability and rehabilitation.

Our multidisciplinary team of scientists and graduate students is committed to developing and advocating 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 primarily focus on musculoskeletal and mental health conditions.



      • The IDRR will be a global leader in creating and disseminating knowledge to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with disability, and in need of rehabilitation services.


      • Improve the quality of life and well-being of people with disability through the conduct of innovative and policy-relevant research.
      • Work with the public, clinicians, community partners and governments to develop, evaluate and implement effective clinical and community-based rehabilitation interventions.




Congratulations Dr. Jessica Wong on being awarded the 2022 Banting post-doctoral fellowship. The Banting Fellowship is the most prestigious post-doctoral award in Canada!

Jessica's post-doctoral research at the Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation research will focus on finding innovative approaches to reduce the burden of unmet rehabilitation needs in older adults with back pain.


The Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (IDRR) and Cochrane Rehabilitation are pleased to announce a new collaboration that aims to develop solutions to common methodological challenges faced when conducting systematic reviews in the field of rehabilitation. View the news article on our new partnership.