Hire persons with disabilities

Disabilities don’t define talent. Hire inclusive.

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Get the facts

Why you should hire persons with disabilities

Hiring support

How you can hire persons with disabilities

Inclusive workplace tools

Tools to help you create an inclusive workplace

Financial support

Funding to help employers create accessible workplaces

Regional resources

Find financial incentives for employers, disability employment programs and community partners in your region.

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Ready to hire someone with a disability but need help getting started?

Community partner organizations are a great way to learn more about becoming an inclusive employer and connecting with candidates with disabilities. Learn more in Hiring support.

Get the facts

Why should your business include persons with disabilities?

Inclusive workplaces are good for business

Organizations with inclusive cultures are:Footnote 1

  • twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets
  • three times as likely to be high-performing
  • six times more likely to be innovative and agile
  • eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes

Research shows that inclusive practices help to:

Plus, people like to support inclusive businesses!

A qualified talent pool

  • There are 645,000 Canadians with disabilities who have the potential to work in an inclusive labour market and are not currently workingFootnote 16
  • Many Canadians with disabilities are unemployed or underemployedFootnote 17
  • Improving workplace access would allow 550,000 Canadians with disabilities to work more, and increase the GDP by $16.9 billion by 2030Footnote 18

Myths and facts

Myth: Most employees with disabilities do not perform as well

Fact: People with disabilities have identical job performance ratings as employees without disabilities.Footnote 19

Myth: Most people with disabilities use wheelchairs

Fact: About 1% of Canadians use wheelchairs.Footnote 20 Pain, mobility and flexibility limitations are the most common types of disabilities in Canada.Footnote 21 Many disabilities are not visible.

Myth: It costs too much to adapt the workplace for an employee with a disability

Fact: 57% of employers spend nothing on workplace adaptations.Footnote 22 Most workplace adaptations are low- or no cost. The most frequently required workplace adaptations are:

  • flexible work schedules, such as modified or reduced hours (19%)
  • modified or different duties (13.5%), or
  • special chair or back support (11.2%)Footnote 23

And, depending on the province or territory, there may be regional government programs that can help pay for some workplace adaptations.

Myth: Training employees with disabilities is too hard and expensive

Fact: Every employee, whether they have a disability or not, requires different amounts of time to learn new job responsibilities. Persons with disabilities do not take longer than anyone else to learn a new task.

Myth: Persons with disabilities lack qualifications

Fact: Persons with and without disabilities have similar levels of education.Footnote 24

Learn more:

Inclusive workplace tools

Learn how to make your workplace more inclusive. There are many tools and resources for employers available online. Before hiring, prepare to train and support new employees.

Hiring support

Community partner organizations

Community partner organizations can help you hire and retain employees with disabilities by:

  • working with you to understand your labour needs
  • removing barriers by helping to ensure your recruitment process is inclusive
  • providing training for you and your employees
  • helping match you with qualified candidates in your community
  • supporting workplace accommodations

Connect with a community partner organization near you:

Job Bank

Post job ads for free on Job Bank and market them to interested persons with disabilities.

You can also connect with candidates with disabilities through your local employment agencies and post-secondary schools.

Financial support

Ready to make your workplace more accessible? You may be eligible for programs or financial incentives.

Federal government

Regional resources

Accessible government

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to become more accessible, read the backgrounder on Accessible government.

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