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Canadians with disabilities a productive part of our workforce: CME

Published by Stephanie Brooks on January 16, 2013

In response to today's release of a new report from the government and private sector on finding employment solutions for people with disabilities, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' (CME) President & CEO Jayson Myers released the following statement:

CME welcomes the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities’ release of the Rethinking Disability in the Private Sector report, outlining successes and best practices in the employment of persons with disabilities.

CME and our member companies were very pleased to work closely with the panel in identifying best practices as well as some of the challenges that businesses face in employing Canadians with disabilities.

The business case is pretty clear for those employers who make integrating people with disabilities into their workforce a priority in their human resource practices. There are significant benefits in terms of enhanced productivity, employee morale, and retention. 

Canadians with disabilities constitute an all-too-frequently untapped pool of skilled labour. Given the challenges that businesses face in attracting and retaining skilled workers, employers need to look more at how best to attract and accommodate people with disabilities.

There is much that can be shared among Canada's business community about what works and what doesn't when it comes to integrating people with disabilities effectively into the workforce. We look forward to working with the government and the business community to ensure these best practices are integrated more widely across Canada's private sector.

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