Support Materials

Canadian Business SenseAbility

Canadian Business SenseAbility is an organization created by business for business that provides resources detailing the tangible benefits of employing talented people with disabilities: lower turnover, training and safety costs, greater innovation, and access to untapped markets.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

View their comprehensive guide on hiring employees with disabilities, Taking Action: An HR Guide Hiring And Retaining Employees with Disabilities

Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada’s Accessible Employment Practices offers a rich variety of resources for employers.

Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces examines how people with disabilities are a talent pool often overlooked by employers and struggle to find employment in their brief Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces. This brief examines the business benefits of accessible employment practices and outlines strategies and resources to help businesses develop accessible and inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.

Another excellent free resource offered by The Conference Board of Canada is the Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities, 2nd Edition (October 2, 2015). This toolkit was created to help Ontario employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool, people with disabilities, and to assist employers in meeting the Employment Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It contains tools and templates that are available for free download.

Government of Canada

In July 2012, the Government of Canada appointed a panel to consult with private sector employers, as well as other organizations and individuals, on the labour market participation of people with disabilities. The panel members were asked to identify successes and best practices in the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the barriers faced by employers, and to report on their findings. Their findings can be found in the Report from the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Rethinking Disability in the Private Sector: We All Have Abilities, Some Are Just More Apparent Than Others

Government of Ontario

Provides information on accessibility requirements for businesses in Ontario via Accessibility Rules for Businesses

Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Accessibility Works Abilities Connect Fund

The Abilities Connect Fund creates a more integrated Ontario labour market and improves the career trajectory of persons with a disability through two funding streams: Valuing Ability Employment and Valuing Ability Workplace Solutions

Think Beyond The Label

Think Beyond The Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities. While this is a US based initiative, there are many great resources available for Canadian employers.

Other Resources

Guide To Conducting Accessible Meetings

A Way with Words and Images: Suggestions for the portrayal of people with disabilities

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers