Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities

The Conference Board of Canada partnered with the Accessibility Directorate of
Ontario’s EnAbling Change program to develop a toolkit that is designed “to help employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool—people with disabilities.” It provides “practical advice to employers of all sizes about simple changes they can implement to make their workplaces more inclusive for people with disabilities and suggestions on complying with the Employment Standard as set out under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.”

The toolkit includes such resources as:

  • checklists
  • tips and techniques
  • links to other resources
  • case studies (business profiles)
  • guidelines for small businesses to help employers implement accessible employment strategies and practices

This is the second edition of the toolkit which was originally launched in 2012. This updated and enhanced version was published in October 2015 and is available free for download from the Conference Board of Canada’s website at the link below.

Although this toolkit was developed for Ontario employers, it offers employers in British Columbia practical advice on everything from sourcing talent through recruitment and selection, accommodations, return to work, and retention. BC employers will also benefit by learning from the profiles of Ontario businesses and organizations who are already on the path to becoming more accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities.