Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities

This section provides links to guides and resources to assist employers in hiring and retaining people with disabilities.

The Province of British Columbia’s website provides information to both employers and workers about working in British Columbia, and it includes a section on recruiting people with disabilities.

Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities in British Columbia: An Employer Handbook
This 2004 document developed by WorkAble Solutions provides practical information for employers on recruiting and retaining people with disabilities.

Why Hire People with Disabilities? Support for Employers
This 2010 document developed by the Kootenay Career Development Society offers employers tools and resources to hire and train people with disabilities. The document is prepared for employers in Nelson and surrounding areas in BC but it contains useful information for any employer who is interested in hiring people with disabilities.

Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion
This 2012 document produced by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy makes a business case for hiring people with disabilities, further outlining promising employment practices for advancing disability employment. Also included are recruiting, hiring and retaining strategies employers need to know when preparing the workplace for new hires with disabilities.

Business Takes Action (BTA): Employer Resources and Employer Tools
Created by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in 2007, BTA program offers disability statistics, tools and best practices resources for small- and medium-sized employers including a HR guide, reports, checklists and quizzes.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)
A service of Cornell University’s National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), EARN provides employers with resources such as fact sheets and research reports to help them recruit, hire, and retain people with disabilities. Employers can also find business cases for hiring people with disabilities, as well as effective practices for recruiting and hiring people with disabilities.

This online employment portal developed by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) helps employers connect with job seekers with disabilities by allowing them to post jobs and find qualified candidates. The portal also offers employers tools and resources on recruitment and hiring, and retention of people with disabilities.

Career Edge Organization: Ability Edge
Career Edge Organization’s Ability Edge Program gives employers access to a pool of graduates with self-declared disabilities for paid internship opportunities. Employers can find information on best practices for recruitment and retention of graduates with disabilities, and are further given assistance throughout the recruitment and hiring process.