Free Employer Toolkit

The toolkit offers a variety of informative tools. Learn about the skills people with disabilities bring to the workplace and use our ‘how-to’ resources, that provide practical tips and strategies on successful recruitment, hiring, inclusion and retention of people with disabilities.

COVID-19 Tools

COVID-19 has significantly impacted Canadian businesses, forcing many employers to adapt. The value of diversity and inclusion has never been as important as it is today. Employers seeking to recover from the pandemic will be looking to their teams for resilience and adaptability. Once the world shifts back to normal, businesses that foster an inclusive workplace and hire with diversity in mind stand to benefit the most!

Visit our new COVID-19 tools for further information on how hiring people with disabilities will translate into overall business success after the pandemic.

COVID-19 Tools

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN (U.D.) is the design of products, environments, programs and services to be usable by all people without the need for adaptation. Much more than a barrier-free design, U.D. is based on accommodating for the diversity of human characteristics within the population as a whole.

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How work is performed (e.g. allowing cashiers to sit or stand)
When work is performed (e.g. flexible scheduling, compressed work week)
Where work is performed (e.g. remote work locations, whether full-time, part-time or occasional)


Employers should strive to incorporate U.D. principles as much as possible to make work environments accessible, inclusive and productive. U.D. aims to increase workplace well-being and engagement for everyone.

Universal Design Accessibility Concepts

U.D. is an ongoing process that builds adaptive, resilient, and inclusive workplaces.

Physical accessibility: ramps, ergonomics, work stations
Systemic accessibility: workplace accommodation policies, protocols, flexibilities
Leadership/interactional competencies: cultural agility, emotional intelligence
Work culture accessibility: inclusiveness, employee well-being, employee resource groups

Applications in the workplace
Implementation of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is linked to Canadian accessibility legislation. This Standard increases workplace well-being and engagement for all workers.

Physical environment
  • Zero-step entries
  • Automatic door openers
  • Wider doorways and hallways

  • Adjustable desks
  • Modular furniture

Tools and technology
  • Captioning
  • Speech-to-text software

Applying U.D. principles makes workplaces more inclusive. Applying these principles on behalf of ALL EMPLOYEES fosters innovation and builds business capacity. Systematically inclusive workplaces yield more benefits than simply including people with disabilities.


HIRE for TALENT has made every effort to use the most respectful words possible while writing these materials. We realize, however, that the most appropriate terminology may change over time. We developed these materials with the intent to respect the dignity and inherent rights of all individuals.

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Facts & Stats

Growing your business requires the ability to attract talent in a shrinking market. Workplaces with a diverse, healthy, inclusive culture are becoming employers of choice.
Hire for Talent is focused on workers with disabilities because this talent pool, and the support services attached, have profound impact on workplace inclusion.
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Canada’s projected worker to retiree ratio will be 2:1 within 15 years. Recruitment from diverse talent pools will be essential!
The inclusion of people with disabilities generates measurable improvements in performance, innovation and company image.