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Diversity and inclusion are critical to business performance

Diversity and inclusion are critical to business performance, leading to increased teamwork, creative thinking, improved morale, and innovation in products and services.

Despite this, the employment rate of Canadians with disabilities stands at around 50%—some suggest that number could be as low as 30%. A recent Bank of Montreal survey revealed that about half of employers have never hired an employee with a disability, even while recognizing the benefits of doing so. The main reason? They don’t know how to recruit a diverse workforce.

That’s why a supported employment service provider is so important. Service providers offer no cost customized connection between employer and job seeker, working with the candidate and the employer to prepare them for success.

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    Inclusive employment is good for business and the Canadian economy

    • Many job-seekers with disabilities are highly educated
    • Employees with disabilities have higher morale, satisfaction, and engagement scores.
    • Retention rates of employees with disabilities are higher, saving recruiting and training costs.
    • Employees with disabilities are more likely to follow safety directions and protocols than able-bodied employees.
    • The number of Canadians living with a physical disability that impairs their mobility, vision, or hearing will rise from 2.9 million to 3.6 million over the next 13 years, a pace of growth nearly double that of Canada’s overall
    • Improvements to workplace access would allow 550,000 Canadians with disabilities to work more, increasing GDP by $16.8 billion by 2030.
    • The increase in labour availability would lift the income of people with disabilities by more than $13.5 billion.
    Source: Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities, Conference Board of Canada