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
The Restigouche CBDC would like to thank all of the different partners and participants of the HIRE for TALENT project for their valuable contributions towards making this project possible. We gratefully acknowledge each of the following:

Financial Partner:

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National Advisory Committee:

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Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE)

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Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work (CCRW)


National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

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Open Door Group-British Columbia

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Ready Willing and Able (RWA)

National Working Group:

  • Avalon Employment Inc., NL
  • PEI Council of People with Disabilities, PE
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work -  Partners Program, NS
  • The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network, NS
  • Premier’s Council on Disabilities/Conseil du Premier minister pour les personnes handicapées, NB
  • New Brunswick Employer Support Services (NBESS), NB
  • Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, NB
  • Neil Squire Society, NB
  • Jacques Law, ON
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, ON
  • Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program (OWIP), ON
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW), ON
  • LiveWorkPlay, ON
  • enVision Community Living, MB
  • Autism Resource Centre, SK
  • Saskatchewan Abilities Council, SK
  • Vision Loss Rehabilitation, SK
  • Calgary Alternative Employment Services (CAES), AB
  • Community Futures of South Fraser, BC
  • Seasons Health Therapies, BC
  • MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners, BC
  • BC Partners in Workforce Innovation, BC
  • NWT Disabilities Council, NWT
  • Sodexo Canada

Other Participating Organizations:

Numerous independent member groups of the Community Futures Network of Canada, a national network of 268 not-for-profit organizations that provide small business services to people living in rural communities. The participating Community Futures (CF) and Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) offices are assisting with the dissemination of the awareness campaign to employers within their regions.

Numerous Chambers of Commerce offices, across Canada, are also assisting with the dissemination of the awareness campaign to businesses within their regions.

Small Businesses:

We would also like to express sincere appreciation to all of the business owners and employees who have contributed to this project through their involvement in the following:
  • Employer Focus Groups
  • Video Production and Testimonials

Together, we are dedicated to building an inclusive Canadian workforce.

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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.