In August 2017, the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) received research funding through the Sector Partnership Planning Grant 2017 under the province of Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

According to a 2014 Statistics Canada report, more than 1 in 10 working-age Canadians lives with disability.

There are 443,900 unemployed Canadians with disabilities that do not prevent them from working.

People with disabilities often experience significant wage gaps coupled with an unemployment rate that is more than double that of the population without disabilities.

According to research by BMO Financial Group (2013) 90% of Canadians recognize that our society is not fully inclusive; however, 69% of businesses in Canada have never hired a person with a disability.

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In June of 2017, CCRW asked employers from 12 Canadian regions for their reasons for hiring people with disabilities.

This pilot research study expands upon this initial research, with a focus on Toronto's financial sector.

734 jobseekers with disabilities and financial sector hiring managers were equally consulted with the goal of creating a toolkit that could be implemented by community agencies looking to connect both parties and ensure a successful hiring match. 

The goal of this pilot research project is to understand how community agencies can support and connect the financial sector with qualified jobseekers with disabilities.