Persons with Disabilities
This section provides links to resources that can assist employers who wish to become more inclusive by hiring Persons with Disabilities (PwD).
The Valuing Ability Employment funding stream of the Abilities Connect Fund assists employers, with financial assistance, when hiring and training persons with a disability. Preference will be given to applicants that hire students/recent graduates with a disability.
The Canadian Government has introduced several funding grants for small business in Ontario to improve workplace accessibility and hire skilled persons with disabilities. Many of these programs are part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to help improve the labour market opportunities and conditions for Canadians with disabilities.
Wage Subsidies for Small Business HiringWage Subsidies for Small Business Hiring: Businesses and non-profits can receive up to three years of wage subsidy funding as well as workplace accessibility modifications to accommodate newly hired employees with disabilities. This sibsidy is provided through the Opportunities Fund for People with Disabilities
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides Ontario grant funding for small business and non-profit organizations with work environments that are inaccessible to employees or clientele with disabilities. The program provides a maximum of $50k in project funding towards building additions and technologies that would remove barriers and improve the persons with disabilities.
Disability – Workplace Roles and ResponsibilitiesDisability - Ontario Human Rights Commission
This employer ‘fact sheet’ identifies the shared responsibilities of the employer, union/professional association and employee when an accommodation is requested
Duty to Accommodate FAQs and AnswersDuty to Accommodate FAQs and Answers - Canadian Human Rights Commission
This PDF guide provides employers answers to frequently asked questions about the duty to accommodate.
Part I The Code: Accommodation and Undue Hardship - Ontario Human Rights Commission
Part II Examples of Accommodation Examples of Accommodation - Ontario Human Rights Commission
These videos provides employers answers to frequently asked questions about the duty to accommodate.
Accommodating an Employee - Ministry of Community and Social Services
This ‘fact sheet’ provides general information regarding accommodations modifications or adjustments to a position or the workplace to assist employees to perform their job functions and/or to assist potential employees in the application process.
Template for developing a workplace Accommodation Policy - Canadian Human Rights Commission
This Accommodation Policy Template was developed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission to help employers meet their human rights obligations. It is an easy-to-use tool for employers that may not have the time or resources to develop an accommodation policy.
Policy and Procedures for the Accommodation of Mental Illness - Canadian Human Rights Commission
This PDF guide outlines the accommodation process and helps managers and supervisors take proactive steps to ensure employees dealing with mental illness are offered appropriate accommodation.
Guide for Assessing Persons with Disabilities - How to determine and implement assessment accommodations - Roles and Responsibilities- Public Service Commission of Canada
This guide addresses public sector accommodations, with best practices transferrable to business, related to assessing people with disabilities and how to determine and implement accommodations in an assessment process.