Employment of People with Development Disabilities in Canada: Six Key Elements for an Inclusive Labor Market

There is a growing recognition among employers, governments, and the public at large of the valuable contributions that people with disabilities bring to Canadian workplaces. At the same time, concerns about skills shortages and labour market supply issues have been a dominant theme of Canadian and international policy discussion. A recent report of the federal ‘Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities,’ Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013) points to a growing awareness among private sector employers that the skills of people with disabilities have not been utilized to their full potential.