Self-declaring. Because we care.

Wondering if you should self-declare as a person with a disability when applying for a job with the Government of Canada?

If you have a disability and choose to self-declare, you’ll:

Because diversity includes disabilities.

Who can self-declare

The Employment Equity Act identifies 4 designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Persons with disabilities have a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment and:

  • consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment
  • believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment
  • in some cases, have been accommodated in their current job or workplace

Disabilities, whether visible or non-visible, include:

  • co-ordination or dexterity (difficulty using hands or arms, for example, grasping or handling a stapler or using a keyboard)
  • mobility (difficulty moving around, for example, from one office to another or up and down stairs)
  • blind or visual impairment (unable to see or difficulty seeing)
  • deaf or hard of hearing (unable to hear or difficulty in hearing)
  • speech impairment (unable to speak or difficulty speaking and being understood)
  • other disability (including learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and all other types of disabilities)
When to self-declare

When you apply to any Government of Canada job, you’ll be asked to fill out a self-declaration form to identify yourself as a member of an employment equity group.

Self-declaration is voluntary

Self-declaration is voluntary and highly encouraged. Some job opportunities are open specifically to people with disabilities, as with the Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities, part of the Federal Student Work Experience Program. To be considered for these opportunities, you need to self-declare. By self-declaring, you can fully demonstrate your skills and abilities, and help increase the representation of persons with disabilities in the federal public service.

Hear from our employees and show your strengths

Patrick Gauthier

“I am confident that I can pave the way for people with disabilities by ensuring I am inclusive in my job requirements. My objective is to include diverse skills, abilities, and thoughts in my team.”

Patrick Gauthier
Director, Inclusive Recruitment and Enablement

Silvia Bascuñan

“I have the power and the talent to help build tomorrow’s public service to make it the most inclusive in the world.”

Silvia Bascuñan
Human Resources Advisor

Andres Carrozza

“Many students who have disabilities are reluctant to disclose them to employers, colleagues or friends. For me, it’s the best way to excel at my job!”

Andres Carrozza
Junior Communications Advisor and Student

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