Embracing a lesser-known option

In 2019, it's high time employers seek out neurodivergent workers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/26/2019

Autism has been in the news of late in Ontario with the Doug Ford government announcing funding changes to autism services. Currently, there are 23,000 children in the province on a wait list, waiting for support. That’s a whole lot of potential employees who are set to rise through the ranks in Ontario alone.

And as of 2012, 83 per cent of all Canadian adults with autism reported no employment income, while just 14 per cent were employed, according to the most recent Statistics Canada data.

These stats are cited in Marcel Vander Wier’s story on pg. 3 of this issue looking at job fairs held in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The events make a lot of sense for employers like Scotiabank, IBM and Loblaws which are tailoring recruitment efforts to reach this valuable candidate pool.