Hire persons with disabilities
Disabilities don’t define talent. Hire inclusive.
Find out why. Find out how.
Why you should hire persons with disabilities
How you can hire persons with disabilities
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:
- increase innovationFootnote 2, Footnote 3
- improve productivityFootnote 4, Footnote 5
- reduce turnoverFootnote 6
- enhance job performance and work qualityFootnote 7
- attract the best and brightest employeesFootnote 8
- increase company moraleFootnote 9
- increase employee satisfaction and engagementFootnote 10
- improve attendanceFootnote 11
- improve safety recordsFootnote 12
- outperform in revenue growthFootnote 13
- gain access to more diverse marketsFootnote 14 and customersFootnote 15
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
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
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.
- Employer Toolkits (best practices from disability-confident employers), Hire for Talent
- A Template for Creating a Workplace Accommodation Policy, Canadian Human Rights Commission
- Employer Obligations, Canadian Human Rights Commission
- Guide to Planning Inclusive Meetings, Employment and Social Development Canada
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:
Post job ads for free on Job Bank and market them to interested persons with disabilities.
- Recruit persons with disabilities, Employment and Social Development Canada
You can also connect with candidates with disabilities through your local employment agencies and post-secondary schools.
Ready to make your workplace more accessible? You may be eligible for programs or financial incentives.
- Disability-related modifications, Canada Revenue Agency
- Enabling Accessibility Fund, Employment and Social Development Canada
To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to become more accessible, read the backgrounder on Accessible government.
- An inclusive workforce is stronger and leads to: Innovation. Footnote 25, Footnote 26 Productivity. Footnote 27, Footnote 28 RetentionFootnote 29
- Increase employee morale,Footnote 30 productivity, Footnote 31, Footnote 32 innovationFootnote 33, Footnote 34 and retentionFootnote 35 by becoming an inclusive employer
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