Two major demographic pressures are affecting the Canadian labour force today: the aging workforce and the shortage of younger talent available to replace them… Making diversity a priority in Canadian organizations is imperative, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is critical to the future success of our business and our economy.
– Deloitte, The Road to Inclusion
According to the Canadian Survey on Disability (2012), only 62.8% of people with disabilities in Ottawa participate in the labour market – compared with 81.4% of the general population.
Why hire people with disabilities?
Including people with disabilities in your workforce is good for your bottom line. Employers have reported the following business benefits:
- Increased retention
- Lower turnover
- Increased workplace morale
- Reduced costs in talent replacement/onboarding
- Increased new business
- Stronger community connections
- Safer work environments