Accessible workplaces — a winning policy for everyone
This guest blog post is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, which supports the participation of Canadians with disabilities in their workplaces and their communities.
Did you know that there are approximately 795,000 working-aged Canadians with disabilities who are not currently working? And that nearly 340,000 of them have a post-secondary education? People with disabilities bring extraordinary skills and talents to the workforce, but often these contributions are untapped.
In order to welcome all employees, employers must ensure that their work spaces can accommodate a variety of needs. Completing small renovations or retrofits can have a big impact for someone with a disability, and improving accessibility can often increase opportunities for meaningful employment.
The Government of Canada has a program that can help employers improve accessibility in their workplaces: the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Workplace Accessibility stream. The EAF Workplace Accessibility stream supports projects that improve accessibility and safety in workplaces across Canada through capital cost investments such as renovations, retrofits or construction of facilities.
Projects can include anything from installing automatic doors to building ramps or developing accessible software to help employees with disabilities. These important projects can open doors and increase opportunities for all Canadians.
If your business employs up to 99 full time-equivalent employees, you could receive government grant project funding of up to $50,000.
Submit your proposal before July 26, 2016. For more information and to submit your application, visit Canada.ca/accessibility-fund!