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Qualified Disabled Workers

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month, dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the workplace contributions of people who have disabilities and the business successes that they help create. The month also represents an opportunity for employers to improve their recruitment strategies. Statistics indicate that many companies are still missing out on a vast untapped pool … Continue reading

Accessibility Advisory

Did you know that Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees provide advice to the municipal government to help make public services and facilities accessible to everyone. Learn how to serve on a committee.   Read Employment E-News – September 2019 – Getting Serious in September Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

Workplace Accessibility

It’s time for businesses to prepare for upcoming workplace accessibility rules. Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, has been approved by the federal government. The objective of the legislation is to ensure that Canada is barrier-free by 2040. Employers are being asked to be proactive in assessing the accessibility in their workplaces. Click to read … Continue reading

Road to Inclusivity

In 2017 the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) worked with the community to carry forward the important work undertaken by Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) in the Community Roadmap to address the employment issues related to persons with disabilities in Durham Region. Recently, the DWA released a series of videos entitled “The Road to Inclusivity”. Episode … Continue reading

Disability App

Developmental service agencies in Toronto are launching a travel app to help people with developmental disabilities use transit with more confidence. The app helps with trip planning, real-time info, and step-by-step directions (available this Spring). Learn more.   Read Employment E-News – March 2019 – Career Considerations Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

EI Family Caregiver Benefit

As of December 3, 2017, a new Family Caregiver Benefit is available to help families care for an adult who is critically ill or injured. The Family Caregiver Benefit will allow eligible caregivers to take up to 15 weeks off work to support or care for an adult family member. Eligible caregivers are family members … Continue reading

Student Grants

The Government of Canada offers Student Grants that fund part-time and full-time students, students with dependents, students with disabilities and students from low and middle income families. Some of the grants include: Grant for students from low-income families: A grant of $250 per month for eligible students who belong to a low-income family. Grant for … Continue reading

Disability and Employment

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will make employment a key focus in her efforts to craft new laws in Canada. In order to address Canada’s long history of a low employment rate among the disabled population, the minister states that it is crucial to remove barriers to accessibility in the workplace. … Continue reading

DREN’s Disability Summit

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) brought together over 100 community members to co-create a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. Durham Region employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and politicians all contributed to the creation of the Roadmap. The Durham Region Unemployed Help … Continue reading

Labour Market Forecast

“There is a looming demographic and labour market crises which has the potential to shake the very foundations of our society.”1 As ‘baby boomers’ move into retirement, we will continue to experience a growing labour shortage. The Conference Board of Canada states there is a ratio of 4:1 workers to retirees today, by 2035 the … Continue reading