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

Tool #5: Conducting Successful Interviews

icon tool 5In Tool # 5 you will learn how to conduct successful interviews, including employers' responsibilities and inclusive interview techniques. Tool # 5 will also explore how to use socially acceptable language, disability etiquette and proper terminology when interviewing people with disabilities. Additionally, this tool outlines the selection process and how to formulate interview questions to ensure that the best candidate is hired!
When scheduling job interviews, ask applicants if they have any accommodation needs.

An interviewer should ask the same questions to all candidates. Employers are allowed to ask questions about an applicant’s ability to perform the essential duties related to the job.

Always speak directly to the person with a disability- not to the companion, aide or sign language interpreter.

How to interview a person with a visual impairement, hearing impairement or a mobility issue.

An employer, a service provider or a union has the obligation to take steps to eliminate disadvantage to employees, clients or prospective employees.

Always try to avoid stereotypical depictions of people with disabilities. Promote "people first"!

Employers are allowed to ask questions about an applicant’s ability to perform specific job functions.

Selection process: Is screening applicants to ensure that the most appropriate candidate is hired.

Not all disabilities are visible. A person may make a request or behave in a way that seems strange to you. Their request or behaviour may be disability-related.

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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.