Hiring people with disabilities a win-win (Guest commentary)

It’s not just the right thing to do – it’s also good for business
By Joseph Dale
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/13/2007

Many Canadians who have a disability also have abilities and skills needed in the workplace. But they are struggling to find jobs.

According to a 2001 Statistics Canada survey, only 45 per cent of the two million Canadians who have a disability were in the workforce. There’s been some improvement in recent years — a 2006 annual report published by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) states the number of people who have a disability employed by federally regulated companies and crown corporations climbed from 2.3 per cent in 2001 to 2.7 per cent in 2005.

Still, when compared with the labour statistics of their non-disabled counterparts, people who have a disability remain one of the most under-represented groups in the workforce along with Aboriginal people, women and visible minorities.