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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Accommodations aim to allow all stakeholders to be equal participants to the workplace and social environments.


Communication becomes difficult if an individual is not able to respond to certain questions. If there are concerns about an employee’s ability to communicate effectively, the employer should not hesitate to act.

Workplace Issue: An employee does not understand the workplace expectations.
If this occurs: Check whether the work environment is appropriate.

The employer or supervisor should:

1. Check whether something has changed in the work environment or with the employee's sensory abilities. Is a change interfering with the employee’s ability to communicate?
Tip for success: Check the employee’s immediate work environment to determine whether there has been an increase in ambient noise, an environmental change, a new supervisor, etc.

2. Check whether a different communication style is needed. Does the employee provide information to the employer? If communication is difficult or does not yield much information, do not press the worker for information on what type of accommodations may be needed.
Tip for success: Ask your local service providers for assistance, advice and guidance in developing a plan that will help you communicate with your employee in a way that will resolve issues and positively benefit all parties.


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

An employee feels discouraged due to not meeting production targets. This may cause a communication breakdown.

False. If a communication breakdown occurs, employers should look out for clues affecting an employee's sensory abilities.

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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.