Ontario Supporting Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces

Published on October 13, 2021

TORONTO — Today, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

“National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an important opportunity to promote the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

Many businesses in Ontario are struggling to find skilled employees. At the same time, people with disabilities remain a largely untapped pool of talent – with many looking for work and ready to help businesses grow.

Our government is supporting jobseekers and workers with disabilities, and businesses looking to hire by connecting them through programs like:

  • the Ontario Disability Support Program, providing employment assistance including job search, preparation and coaching help,
  • Employment Ontario programs and services that help people find a job, get training or upgrade skills. Employment Ontario also has new digital services to complement its in-person support,
  • funding for eligible employment supports for people with disabilities, including workplace accommodation needs,
  • the Employment Services Transformation which offers specialized services to create a path to the workforce for people with unique or complex employment needs,
  • helping employers find, hire and train skilled jobseekers and workers with disabilities, including offering free advice and financial support to individuals to help offset costs for accommodations.

Our government also supports initiatives that help people with disabilities thrive in employment in sectors like food and hospitality, and digital and accessible media by investing in innovative training projects.

When people with disabilities find meaningful jobs, they can participate more fully in our communities and economy. By removing barriers in workplaces, businesses can expand their talent pool, appeal to a more diverse clientele and grow their business.

I encourage all Ontarians to join me and the Ontario government in recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Let’s work together to make workplaces more accessible and inclusive for everyone.”