Be part of the change and endeavour to build your business by hiring people with disabilities/diverse abilities.
To include individuals with disabilities on your team is proven to be good for business. With one million job openings anticipated by 2025, many BC businesses are challenged with finding and keeping good employees, Whether you are hiring for a small or large company, people with diverse abilities are a significantly untapped talent pool of potential employees. According to the Accessible Employers Business Case, by creating truly accessible workplaces, businesses report improved productivity (two times more likely to meet or exceed financial targets), higher staff retention, increased attendance, and expanded consumer reach (with 90% of consumers preferring to support companies that hire people with disabilities).
We encourage you to learn more about the benefits of creating a truly accessible, inclusive workplace and becoming a committed accessible employer.
ASTTBC is committed to increasing the number of people with diverse abilities in our sector. Consider being part of the change and explore the tools below to help your company attract and retain individuals who we believe will be a valuable addition to your team.
Opportunities Fund For Persons with Disabilities
The Opportunities Fund For Persons with Disabilities is a program to assist persons with disabilities residing in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island to obtain employment. The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities is a program of the BC Centre for Ability funded by Service Canada.
Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) RHF provides supports to employers including: the Accessibility Certification Program designed to certify workplaces accessible for people of all abilities. This includes people who have mobility challenges, are blind or have low vision, or are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Back in Motion Rehab Inc.
Back in Motion (BIM) is a full-service rehabilitation and employment solutions company based in BC. Dedicated to quality and high professional standards, we believe that participation in the workforce and community leads to healthy lives, strong families, and decreased reliance on other means of financial support. BIM provides supports to employers including: Canada/BC Jobs Grants for training, access to PWD clients through our 8 WorkBC Centres across the Lower Mainland etc.
BC Centre for Ability
BC Centre for Ability provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion in all aspects of life. The Centre provides support services to employers including: wage subsidies etc.