Diversity Works

Exploring the supported employment experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour who experience disability

About The Project

Diversity Works aims to explore the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) who experience disability as they navigate their employment journey with the assistance of supported employment service providers. Diversity Works is funded by the Government of Canada’s Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program.

The research project will capture:

  • Experiences of BIPOC jobseekers who experience disability
  • Strengths and challenges faced by employment service providers who assist BIPOC jobseekers who experience disability
  • Experiences of employers as they strive to diversity their staff
About The Project

Project Goals and Outcomes

Project Goals and Outcomes

  • Active and meaningful involvement of BIPOC jobseekers who experience disability throughout the project
  • Improved understanding by service providers of the barriers that contribute to the underrepresentation BIPOC jobseekers who experience disability in the Canadian workforce
  • Recommendations for employment service providers to support and facilitate employment of designated groups
  • Increased capacity of supported employment service providers to engage in intersectional service delivery, and to address barriers to inclusion

Project Outreach and Methodology

The research will adopt a sequential design approach
01 SURVEY
02 FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS
03 IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS
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JOBSEEKERS
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SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS
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EMPLOYERS

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Project Output

Research activities will generate the following outputs:
  • A report that summarizes the key findings of the research
  • Recommendation guide for supported employment service providers
  • 2 webinars on topics identified as foundational to address barriers to employment for designated groups
  • Presentation of project findings and recommendations at the 27th annual CASE conference

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Learn More About This Project

To learn more about this project or to receive a copy of the research findings (in May 2022) please reach out to Shifat Ara, Project Manager- Diversity Works at shifat@supportedemployment.ca.
shifat@supportedemployment.ca