These resources can provide your employer with information and funding to help you get the accommodations and assistive devices you may need to perform at your best. There are also programs and materials to help employers learn more about supporting employees with disabilities and collaboratively solve problems that may arise where disability interacts with the work environment.
Hire for Talent
Hire for Talent is a Canadian organization seeking to build an inclusive Canadian Workforce by increasing employer awareness of how people with disabilities are a talented part of the workforce. There are many web resources on their site to help employers tap into this talent pool during their search for skilled workers and educate themselves on hiring and retaining persons with disabilities.
Disability in the Workplace and Equity and Inclusion E-module
These Career Centre E-Modules can help colleagues and supervisors better understand disability in the workplace in order to become part of a more supportive and inclusive workplace. These and other professionalism e-modules are accessed via Quercus and your utorid under the “Professionalism” offerings. If you need help accessing these modules, please go to our website and use the LiveChat function for assistance.
Accessibility and Inclusion Management
Consultation service for employers to identify and implement accommodations and remove workplace barriers from the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - AIM (Accommodation and Inclusion Management)
Job Accommodation Network - SOAR
JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. Unsure of what accommodations might be appropriate to your situation? Check out JAN’s SOAR.
Ask JAN - Job Accommodation Network
The Ontario Assistive Devices Program may be able to cover part of the cost of some assistive devices that may be needed for daily living as well as employment situations.
Also see the section on Financial and Social Supports in these pages under “Assistive Devices”
Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Standards Ensuring Good Psychological Health and Safety (PH&S) in the workplace.
While not a legal act, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has developed a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors. This information may be useful in helping your employer become more knowledgeable around mental health concerns in the workplace and how to manage them positively.
Mental Health Works
This program offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association has resources and training to help employers support their workers who have mental health concerns and reduce the incidence of mental health concerns in the workplace. Mental Health Works
Mental Illness at Work: A manager's guide to identifying, managing and preventing psychological problems in the workplace by: Adrian Furnham, Mary-Clare Race
Article on Inclusive Employers
“Working wisdom: How workers with disabilities give companies an edge.” Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
updated August 27, 2022