People with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in the workforce. Almost four million Canadians live with a chronic health condition or health-related problem – that’s about one in every seven Canadians. Many are unemployed, or underemployed working in jobs below their education and skill levels – an issue called ‘mal-employment’ by former Ontario cabinet minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni.
She wrote the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) which came into effect June 2005, mandating that owners need to make their businesses accessible by 2025. She recently published a piece in the Huffington Post updating Ontario’s progress. She wrote that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities in Ontario is 16 per cent (Canadian Survey on Disability). Read More