New Research Project: BC Partners in Workforce Innovation Pilot Project

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence (CfEE) and its Employment Action Committee (EAC) partners are pleased to be launching a new pilot project that has the dual objectives of meeting the human resource needs of BC employers and improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The BC Partners in Workforce Innovation pilot project is a three-year initiative that was developed in partnership with the EAC, which formed in 2012 to establish approaches for building and sustaining productive relationships between employers, organizations providing employment services, and job seekers with disabilities. Beginning in the Lower Mainland, this collaborative and innovative pilot is forming partnerships with employers in industries with identified workforce shortages to hire people with disabilities. Through the role of an intermediary Recruitment Specialist, the project will examine the effectiveness of a coordinated, demand-side approach in meeting the needs of both employers and job seekers with disabilities.

The EAC currently consists of:

  • Community Living BC
  • Open Door Group
  • Neil Squire Society
  • Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (representing the BC Employment Network)
  • BC Centre for Ability
  • Flaherty and Associates
  • MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners
  • BC Centre for Employment Excellence

More details about this exciting initiative as well as its employer partners will be unveiled at a public launch event in Spring 2015. Please watch the CfEE website ( and sign up for our mailing list to receive further announcements about the project.

This project is funded in whole or in part by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation’s Community and Employer Partnerships Research and Innovation Fund.

For queries about this project or other research activities being undertaken by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence, please contact Shawn de Raaf, the CfEE Research Coordinator.