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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Cooperation and mutual understanding are essential components of successful inclusive workplaces.

Diversity and Inclusion

It becomes difficult to create an inclusive workplace if individuals are disrespectful towards, or disregard, employees, including those with disabilities. If there are concerns about a lack of awareness of employee diversity and inclusion, the employer should not hesitate to act.

Workplace issues: Some co-workers are discriminating against other employees.
If this occurs: Confirm that each employee understands diversity and inclusion.

The employer or supervisor should:

1. Check whether the employee is aware of the Canadian Human Rights Act. All employees have the same right to work.
Tip for success: Use content from Tool #2 in the HIRE for TALENT toolkit to increase employee awareness of disabilities.

2. Check whether the employee is aware of the Employment Equity Act. Employers are required to implement an employment equity program to remove barriers for women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginals and people with disabilities in order to achieve a representative workforce.
Tip for success: Use Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to organize awareness workshops or engage in Lunch and Learn discussions about diversity and inclusion.


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.

Take the Challenge!

True or false

Issues of diversity and inclusion are becoming more and more prevalent in the marketplace, due in part to legislation and greater awareness.

True. The piece of legislation that governs workplace inclusion and diversity is the Employment Equity Act.

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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.