OTTAWA, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission
(CHRC) welcomes the federal government's creation of the Panel on
Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel,
composed of a cross section of senior corporate leaders as well as Dr.
Gary Birch, a distinguished Paralympian and disabled rights advocate,
was announced earlier today by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development. The panel is tasked with
identifying barriers to employment of people with disabilities in the
private sector, as well as best practices.
"The evidence is overwhelming that people with disabilities want to
participate as fully as possible in the Canadian workforce," David
Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner of the CHRC said. "But
discrimination remains a barrier. This is the kind of leadership that
we need to drive cultural change across Canadian society," he said.
A recently published CHRC study shows significant gaps in education,
employment and economic well-being between people with disabilities and
the general population. According to the Report on Equality Rights of People with Disabilities, when compared to other adults, adults with disabilities are half as
likely to complete a university degree, are more likely to settle for
part-time instead of full time employment, and have lower annual
The CHRC is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act (EEA) and conducts audits to determine if federally regulated employers
are meeting their obligations. The EEA affects approximately 550
federally regulated private sector companies in industries such as
banking, transportation and telecommunications, as well as
approximately 100 public sector departments and agencies.
SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission
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