Why Hire Persons With Disabilities?
The Numbers Make Sense
According to Statistics Canada, more than 6.2 million Canadians—almost 22% of the population—are living with some form of disability. As the population ages, this number will grow. Globally, 15% of people report having a disability totaling around 1 billion people. There are 3.5 million people in Ontario with a disability. More than 40% of this population is over the age of 65. As the population ages, this number will grow.
In order to maximize its human resources potential, Canada will likely need to look toward groups that are currently under-represented in the labour force. Persons with disabilities represent a potentially significant domestic source of labour that could offset some of the demographic pressures of Canada’s aging labour market, and fill projected skills and labour shortages.
Engaging people with disabilities can be a win-win solution. Many of these individuals want to, and need to, work. Employers, meanwhile, need human resources to support the growth of their businesses as well as that of the Canadian economy.
By hiring diverse staff, you’re positioning your organization as an inclusive and progressive company. Your workforce will align with the larger population, to welcome a larger customer base.
Full Integration Workplace Strategies
AODA Compliance & Accessibility Staff Training
The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities recognizes all partnering employers for their commitment in supporting and providing a workplace that creates a more inclusive and accommodating work environment in all areas of the workforce.
Each year we commemorate and provide framed certificates in recognition of outstanding support in providing employment for persons with disabilities and barriers to employment.
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