October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Government of Canada

October 11, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month across Canada. While the Government of Canada continues to work to ensure equal opportunity for all Canadians, there is still a gap in the employment of Canadians with disabilities. According to the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability, Canadians with disabilities were employed at a rate of 47 percent compared with 74 percent for Canadians without disabilities. The survey also shows that there are more than 400,000 people with disabilities who have the potential and willingness to work but who are not employed. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities encouraged all Canadians and Canadian employers to participate in the consultation which will inform planned accessibility legislation. Input can be shared either at an in-person session or online. Canadians are encouraged to visit Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada to find a session near them or to participate.
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