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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A good deal of research has focused on employers’ best practices and perceptions about their intentions to hire people with disabilities. This information points to various factors that may boost receptiveness towards hiring people with disabilities.


  • The employer welcomes diversity and inclusion.
  • The employer includes people with disabilities and treats them equally alongside other workers.
  • The employer is comfortable providing accommodations to all employees.
  • The employer focuses on performance, not disabilities.

  • The employer focuses on essential and critical tasks rather than secondary functions.
  • The employer focuses on employees’ capabilities in order to match workers and job requirements.
  • The employer offers internships leading to permanent employment.
  • The employer receives input from people with disabilities on their abilities to perform job duties.

  • The employer can supervise a diverse workforce.
  • The employer views service provider agencies and community rehabilitation programs as on-going employment support resources.
  • The employer recognizes the benefit of working with community-based agencies in order to connect with skilled employees.

Hiring people with disabilities is NOT an act of charity, nor is it a "random act of kindness." Employers should focus their attention on finding the best person for the job, taking into consideration attitudes, abilities, skills and personality.

Employers should check whether a person can perform essential and critical tasks rather than assuming that he or she is unable to perform non-essential or non-critical tasks.

Canadian employers may qualify for funding to cover costs of most devices.
Contact your local service provider to assist you in applying for the right financial aid program.


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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True or false

Inclusive employers tend to focus on workers’ performance and capabilities, not on disabilities.

True. This is considered a "best practice".

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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.