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Accessible Employment Practices

Welcome to The Conference Board of Canada’s website on accessibility. Accessible workplaces and employment practices that support people with disabilities are an emerging priority as our population ages and employers seek new sources of skilled, highly motivated employees.

About 11 per cent of working-age Canadians have disabilities. Most disabilities are mild to moderate and levels of educational attainment are quickly catching up to the general population.1 Yet persons with disabilities are far more likely than the general population to be unemployed or underemployed. Barriers to employment range from negative attitudes and incorrect assumptions about the abilities of individuals, to job application procedures that are often difficult for those persons with disabilities.

Accessibility Practices

Ontario has introduced standards concerning employment of people with disabilities. Ontario’s unique approach focuses on good practices as opposed to numerical targets, and other jurisdictions may soon follow with similar regulations. The bottom line, however, is that accessible employment practices are simply fundamentally sound practices that benefit businesses and the economy. Some benefits include better job retention, higher attendance, lower turnover, enhanced job performance and work quality, better safety records, and a more innovative workforce. The full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life and the workplace opens the door to their full participation in the economy as customers, entrepreneurs, and employees.

This website contains educational material and resources to help you and your organization create an accessible and inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.


Hot Topics on Accessible Employment Practices 

For up-to-date information on news and developments in accessible organizations please visit the Accessible Employment Practices LinkedIn Group. 


Upcoming Industry Events and Webinars

We are happy to share a curated selection of events on Accessibility Practices for employers in Canada.

2017 EARN Annual Conference: Strengthening Your Workforce Through Diversity and Inclusion
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, ON.

Web Accessibility

Community Accessibility Forums

Accessibility Compliance

Accessibility Training

Would you like to add an upcoming event on accessibility to the list? Contact us.


1    Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disabilities, 2012 (Ottawa: Statistics Canada, December 3, 2013).

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For more information on accessibility research by The Conference Board of Canada, please contact us by e-mail.

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Legislation

Compliance Questions

For any questions regarding compliance or legislation, please contact the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

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