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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% 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.

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

Are You Ready for Ontario’s Accessibility Compliance Deadline? An Accessibility Primer for Smaller Businesses

Tuesday, October 31 at 2 PM ET

Register Now!

People with disabilities are a vibrant, important, and growing part of Ontario’s population. By removing the barriers to participation that exist in Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, seeks to maximize both the inclusivity of our communities and the value that people with disabilities contribute to our economy. The goal of the Act is “to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.” 

This year, businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees must submit accessibility compliance reports. Mahvish Kaan, AODA Program Advisor, will outline the current reporting system, walk participants through a few compliance sample questions, and discuss what happens if an organization is not compliant. 

Amsterdam Brewery is a leading organization in accessible employment and accommodation. Michelle Deslippe, Human Resources Generalist, will reflect upon Amsterdam Brewery’s compliance journey, the benefits that employees with disabilities bring to the organization and how the AODA was a primer that allowed them to move from technical accessibility to true inclusion. 

In this 60-minute session, participants will: 

  • Have a better understanding of the Government of Ontario’s compliance process 
  • Learn tips and strategies to ensure your organization meets AODA requirements 
  • Have the opportunity to ask experts pressing accessibility compliance questions 

> Find information on upcoming industry events here!

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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Compliance Questions

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

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