By Anthony Capkun
March 17, 2022 – Electricity Human Resources Canada, in collaboration with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, is launching a provincial initiative to expand the accessibility of jobs to persons with disabilities in the electricity sector.
“This project will support employers in fostering accessible workplaces where everyone is able to participate,” said Michelle Branigan, EHRC’s CEO. “It will provide persons with disabilities more access to meaningful and stable careers.”
“Attracting and recruiting skilled talent is crucial for the electricity sector, which faces an extremely tight labour market,” she added.
This program will see the development of online resources and reference tools to support Ontario employers in building a more inclusive workforce for persons with disabilities.
The project outcomes will consist of best practices and success stories from Ontario electricity employers who have included people with disabilities on their teams. It will also include training materials and educational videos to inform users about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), and will address systemic and attitudinal barriers leading to the unemployment and underemployment of qualified persons with disabilities.
The development of a safe space for aggregate data collection for persons with disabilities (including mental health) will help employers inform their own HR policies and practices.
Once developed, all the project resources will be accessible on the EHRC website.
“Based on EHRC’s work developing resources to support diversity, equity and inclusion for employers in the electricity sector, we are confident this program will provide long-term value for the people of Ontario,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.
Electricity Human Resources Canada is a trusted source of human resources information and tools for Canada’s electricity sector.