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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Several key points regarding the legal obligations of Canadian employers:

  • A person with a disability is not required to tell an employer about a disability if he / she can do the work required without accommodation, and the disability does not pose a danger at work to the individual or others.
  • An employer has an obligation to accommodate all disabilities up to the point of “undue hardship” – this includes visible and non-visible disabilities.
  • An employer has the right to ask questions about the job function, and the employee’s abilities to do these.
  • The employer does not have the right to ask about the name of a disability or the medical diagnosis.
  •  Any information the person with a disability shares is confidential and protected.

Each jurisdiction (each province/territory and federal) in Canada has multiple SOURCES OF GUIDANCE, including:

  • Employment legislation, which provides for basic workplace rights.
  • Human rights legislation,  which is designed to combat discrimination.
  • Workplace safety/workers’ compensation legislation, which provides for occupational health and safety and workplace disability insurance.

It is important to review the laws applicable to an employer’s specific region. Although provincial laws vary, there are CORE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS that can generally be found, including:

  • Everyone should be treated respectfully and fairly regardless of a disability.
  • Accommodations should be provided to those who require them, up to the point of “undue hardship.”
  • Accommodations may be needed at any stage in the employment relationship, including during recruitment.
  • Occupational or job requirements should be reasonable and meaningful, rather than arbitrary.
  • Permanently injured workers have a right to return to work.


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.

This document is provided for information purposes only. The content provided is not legal advice and should not be used or relied upon as such. Applicable law may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction; if you are seeking legal advice, you are advised to consult a lawyer in your province or territory.

Take the Challenge!

True or false

The “duty to accommodate” is a legal obligation for all Canadian employers.

True. It is part of the Employment Equity Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

An employer should provide accommodations at any stage in the employment relationship, including during recruitment.

True. All employers have a legal responsibility to accommodate applicants during an interview.

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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.