According to a study by Statistics Canada in 2015, 55% of 2.3 million Canadians with disabilities aged 25-64 are unemployed.
A recent study by Guelph University found that unemployment rates are twice as high among graduates with disabilities and that those who attain employment earn $4,000 to $6,000 less per year than their peers without disabilities.
As explained by the project’s coordinator, Jean-Guy Levesque, this project is very important for Canada’s labour market: “We need to recognize that individuals with disabilities bring a variety of skills and abilities to the workforce. By creating employer awareness we can help reduce some of the barriers these individuals face when seeking employment. And at the same time, the project will help small and medium-sized businesses by encouraging economic growth.”
The main output of the Hire for Talent project will be a pan-Canadian employer awareness campaign in both official languages. Awareness strategies and informative coaching tools will be developed and hosted on a Web-based Tool Kit. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.