The Ontario government has gathered an advisory group to share information and find solutions to the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities. The 17-member Employer’s Partnership Table (EPT) will meet for the next two years to come up with strategies to encourage organizations to hire more people with disabilities.
The goal of the EPT is to do more than talk about the difficulties of finding work for a people with disabilities. Tracy MacCharles, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, hopes the expert advice of the members will help to create real-life employment opportunities for people with disabilities across Ontario. The advisory group is part of a larger initiative launched by the Ontario government in June 2017 called Access Talent. The Access Talent strategy is a robust framework, based on the premise that hiring people with disabilities is a win-win for business, society and the economy.
The advisory group is made up of some influential representatives from the corporate and government worlds, including the CBC, Sodexo, Loblaw Companies, Deloitte and CIBC. The members of the advisory group were chosen for their leadership in hiring people with disabilities into meaningful roles. At least two members of the advisory group are known to have disabilities.
Read the framework, in detail, here.