Category: Employment

In 2019 the Government of Canada passed a new law called the Accessible Canada Act. The Accessible Canada Act’s goal is to create a country without barriers for all people – especially people with disabilities. The law applies to programs and services that the federal government controls. The law focuses on barriers in seven main areas. One of these areas is employment. 

Having a law is the first step to creating an accessible Canada. The next step is to create Accessibility Standards. Accessibility Standards are rules that help organizations find and remove barriers. The federal government gave funding to community groups to help them with this work. For the past 3 years, Inclusion Canada, People First of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Citizenship and Inclusion have been researching employment barriers and the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. We’re excited to share what we’ve learned with the Government of Canada and with you! 

Read the Research Report we prepared for the Government of Canada. It talks about barriers and best practice for accessible employment for people with intellectual disabilities. The report is available in English and French

Read the Plain Language Executive Summary of our research report. This summary is available in Plain English and Plain French.  

See the Infographic of interesting facts we learned through this project. This accessible infographic is available in English and French

Read the Info Sheet summarizing ways the Government of Canada can support equal access at work for people with intellectual disabilities. This accessible info sheet is available in English and French

Watch an animated video highlighting ways the Government of Canada can support equal access at work for people with intellectual disabilities. This video is available in English with ASL and in French with LSQ.

Watch a self-advocate led video discussing recommendations from the project and ways that employers can create inclusive and accessible workplaces. This video is available in English and in English with French captions.

We gratefully acknowledge that this project was funded by Accessibility Standards Canada.


For Immediate ReleaseApril 8, 2022 OTTAWA, ON – Federal Budget 2022 commits a $20 million investment to the Ready, Willing, and Able program (RWA). RWA is a national employment program jointly sponsored by Inclusion Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) for persons with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum. This … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Accessible Canada Act & Enhancement to Opportunities Fund Offers Significant Progress for Persons with an Intellectual Disability & Their Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2018 Toronto, ON – Inclusion Canada is greatly encouraged by the introduction of the Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81). The Bill has many promising components, and Inclusion Canada looks forward to participating in the legislative review to ensure strong and effective legislation that makes real progress in building an inclusive … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Zero Project Highlights Canada’s Ready, Willing & Able Initiative as a 2017 Innovative Policy on Employment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2017 VIENNA – Canada’s Ready, Willing & Able Initiative has been awarded as an Innovative Policy on Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training. The Award was presented by Martin Essl, Founder of the Zero Project and Alexandra Wandel, Director and Vice-Chair, Management Board, of the World Future Council, in the United … Continued