Publication Date

May 2004


[Excerpt] In spite of a myriad of initiatives introduced by governments at all levels over the past twenty-five years, people with disabilities fare more poorly in Canada’s workforce than do their non-disabled counterparts. Labour force participation rates are at 49% for people with disabilities, compared to 65% for the general population. Unemployment rates for people with disabilities are also close to 70% above the national average. Particularly troubling to Canadians with disabilities and the organizations who serve them is the fact that many employers say they regularly face significant challenges finding appropriately trained workers to fill vacant positions.