Self-declare as a person with a disability

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Self-declare as a person with a disability when you apply

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Who can self-declare

The Employment Equity Act identifies 4 designated groups: women, Indigenous Peoples Footnote 1, 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 because of that impairment
  • believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment because of that impairment
  • in some cases, have been accommodated in their current job or workplace

Disabilities, whether visible or non-visible, include:

  • coordination or dexterity limitations (difficulty using hands or arms, for example, grasping or handling a stapler or using a keyboard)
  • mobility limitations (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)
  • being deaf or hard of hearing (unable to hear or difficulty in hearing)
  • speech impairment (unable to speak or difficulty speaking and being understood)
  • other disabilities (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 indicate whether you’re 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. 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.

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