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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DISABILITY is an evolving concept.

Disability results from the barriers that hinder a person’s full participation in society on an equal basis with others. When there are proper ACCOMMODATIONS, there aren’t any disabilities!

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Examples of disabilities
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Learning disability
  • Memory disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Phobia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Speech impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Deafness
  • Vision impairment
  • Blindness
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mobility issue
  • Agility issue

Our understanding of disability is evolving

Disability used to be understood within the medical model, where a disability was only defined by a health diagnosis.

Today, we know that disability is understood through a combination of the severity of a health diagnosis, in addition to an individual’s ability to interact within society.

Disabilities can be
  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe

  • Confirmation of a disability diagnosis
  • Birth
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adult Life
  • Old Age


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.