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.
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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Vie Autonome/Independent Living-Montreal Quebec

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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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According to employers, people with disabilities perform as well or better than other workers. These employers concluded that hiring people with disabilities did not negatively impact their businesses.
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In a national survey of consumer attitudes towards various companies, 92% of the respondents gave favourable ratings to businesses that hire people with disabilities.
98% were satisfied or very satisfied with the service they received when dealing with an employee with a disability.