This report summarizes the findings from the first research phase of the Employment Accessibility Standards for Recruitment and Retention of People with Disabilities project. The project, which is funded by Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC), seeks to advance and inform research that will help the ASC in its development of employment standards under the Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada (Accessible Canada Act), 2019.
The objective of the Accessible Canada Act is to enhance the full and equal participation of all individuals in society, including people living with disabilities, through the identification, removal, and prevention of barriers in areas under federal jurisdiction to achieve a “barrier-free” Canada by 2040.
The Act was introduced after an extensive public consultation process in which stakeholders emphasized the importance of achieving more consistent experiences for people with disabilities across the country while being “ambitious and bold” to ensure that Canadians with disabilities are no longer excluded from any aspect of life.
The Act seeks to identify, remove, and prevent barriers in a variety of areas, including employment, which was cited as the most important area for improving accessibility during public consultations (ESDC, 2017).
Published: February 2022
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Literacy and Essential Skills, Employment - Workplace Diversity and Inclusion - Labour Market Integration of Persons with Disabilities
Population: People with Disabilities
Type: Report, Executive summary