Canada highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Americas, Misc., News, October 9 2017

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: This October, the Government of Canada joins organizations across the country to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During this important month, employers are encouraged to think about how they can make their business practices more inclusive and accessible for Canadians with all abilities.

People with disabilities have a great deal to contribute to our society. While the Government of Canada is continuing to support initiatives that improve accessibility and the participation of people with disabilities, there is still work to be done. According to a study from Statistics Canada released in 2014, the employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49 percent in 2011, compared with 79 percent for Canadians without a disability.

Through government programs such as the Opportunities Fund for People with Disabilities and the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, Canadians have better access to skills and training needed to find and keep good jobs. More opportunities for people with disabilities to save for their future are made available through the Registered Disability Savings Plan. The Enabling Accessibility Fund helps employers to improve workplace accessibility and safety for people with disabilities. The Government of Canada is also developing new accessibility legislation to create a truly accessible and inclusive Canada.

Let’s make finding, hiring and supporting employees with disabilities part of the everyday.

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