Diversity and inclusion are critical to business performance
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.
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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.