OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Conference Board of Canada in
partnership with the Government of Ontario's EnAbling Change program
have released a new free resource to help employers make their
workplaces more inclusive.
This free resource, Employers' Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With
Disabilities, is intended to help employers to understand and implement the
Employment Standard related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
"Employers across Ontario will have to implement the Employment Standard
over the next five years. This toolkit will help organizations make
their workplaces more inclusive. A strong business case exists for
creating accessible and inclusive work environments for employees with
disabilities," said Ruth Wright, Director, Human Resources Management
Research, The Conference Board of Canada.
"The full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of
community life and the workplace opens the door to their full
participation in the economy as customers, entrepreneurs, and
employees. An inclusive work environment is one where everyone is
treated with respect and all employees are valued for their
Labour shortages are looming in Ontario. A 2007 Conference Board report
indicated that vacancies in Ontario could reach 190,000 in 2020, and
rise to 364,000 by 2025 and to 564,000 by 2030.
According to Statistics Canada, approximately 15.5 per cent of Ontarians
had a disability in 2006. And Ontario government data reveal that in
2009, people with disabilities were three times more likely than people
without disabilities to be unemployed or out of the labour force.
This toolkit helps employers of all sizes to implement the Employment
Standard. It includes:
Special text boxes that introduce each of the individual sections of the
Employment Standard requirements;
Tips and good practices to promote inclusive practices at all stages of
Case studies to help employers to see how others have successfully
implemented accessible strategies and policies;
Tips for small businesses that frame the requirements of the Employment
Standard according their specific circumstances; and
Tools and templates that employers can tailor to their own
In 2005, the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or the AODA. Public and private-sector organizations have deadlines to
comply with the Employment Standard between 2012 and 2017.
The publication is available, free of charge, in a fully accessible
format at www.e-library.ca.
SOURCE: Conference Board of Canada
For further information:
Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448