Many employers are required by law to move toward a workforce that reflects the makeup of Canadian society. Such progressive companies hire for diversity due to their commitment to the value of social equity and diversity and the competitive advantages it brings. All levels of government and many publicly supported or regulated industries such as financial, educational and healthcare institutions, tend to have strong equity and diversity cultures as required by The Canadian Employment Equity Act .
The Employment Equity Act is designed to increase employment of four designated groups (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) in federally regulated private-sector employers, Crown corporations and other federal organizations.
Looking for companies that integrate diversity and inclusion into their business practices and which companies are top diversity employers? See the section on internships for help finding agencies that match qualified candidates with disabilities with companies eager to recruit them for internships and other positions. In addition, here is a list of federally regulated private sector employers and a list of Crown Corporations that are likely to have equity and diversity hiring practices.
For example, Health Canada is a diversity-positive employer with many programs for employees to thrive and grow their careers such as their unique Persons with Disabilities Opportunity Program. Look for some of these types of programs and initiatives in employers you may be targeting in your networking and job search. Here are some other resources to identify diversity employers.
Is a company truly progressive when it comes to hiring and promoting employees with disabilities? See how companies are rated against an objective benchmark index called the Disability Equality Index (DEI).
Keep in mind that companies and organizations not mentioned here may also be great diversity employers. Conversely, a company’s official statement that they hire for diversity may not translate into positive practices when it comes to hiring and retaining persons with disabilities.
Doing good company research, networking with the employer and getting information from those who have worked for an organization will give you important insights into the culture and practices of organizations you are considering applying to. Use this tipsheet to get started conducting company research and contact the Career Centre DV3094 for more resources or book an appointment 905-828-5451 to help target your career and job search to more progressive employers.
updated August 27, 2022