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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

January 14, 2015
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In This Issue:
  • "Talent Untapped"
  • Recognizing RWIP Business Diversity Partners
  • Canada stands tall in global fight against depression
  • Rethinking Disability Conference
  • Please support CCRW

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Launch of "Talent Untapped", December 4, 2014

Senator Munson, Anna-Karina Tabunar and Maureen HaanMaureen Haan, President & CEO of CCRW, along with Anna-Karina Tabunar, Iona Street Media, and Senator Jim Munson launched the documentary "Talent Untapped"on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to commemorate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. "Talent Untapped" documents the untapped pool of skilled workers in Canada, namely persons with disabilities. The trailer of "Talent Untapped" is available on YouTube

Recognizing RWIP Business Diversity Partners

During the months of October and December, CCRW’s Ready to Work Inclusion Program (RWIP) took the opportunity to recognize our Business Diversity Partners. We hosted an appreciation lunch, to which we invited employers who worked with CCRW in hiring our clients. The goal of this event was to gain feedback and to recognize leaders in each community for their commitment to diverse and inclusive employment practices. The appreciation lunches were a chance for businesses to connect with one another and to provide some much needed feedback regarding their hiring needs and the development opportunities for job seekers with disabilities in the community.

Here is what our employers told us:

In Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, it was the opportunity that RWIP provides to those who are often overlooked that motivates employers to get involved with the program.
Moose Jaw staffFurthermore, employers agreed that the RWIP job seekers they engaged had skills they are looking for to get the job done.

In Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the motivating factors are similar; employers
Prince Albert Staff and Partners wanted to help individuals develop skills. They recognized it is hard to find qualified staff and appreciate the fact that RWIP provided candidates whose qualifications matched the job opportunities available.

In Kitchener, Ontario, employers were motivated to participate by their
Kitchener staff and partnersobservation that RWIP opened more doors and opportunities for people with disabilities. One employer reported the biggest ‘change’ to how they on-boarded our clients was the reinforced understanding that everyone learns differently – an understanding that has had a positive impact on the business overall.

Our business diversity partners told us that employers need to be made aware that there is an initial learning curve that may impact the business but, once up and running, the skill sets, competencies and experience of those with disabilities are equivalent to or, in some cases, exceed those of their peers without disabilities. Employers found the RWIP program easy to administer and orchestrate, and that the partnerships with other agencies helped them find good employees that “fit” their business.

For more information on the businesses who participated please visit:

Canada stands tall in global fight against depression

man with head in handsJOSEPH RICCIUTI Special to The Globe and Mail. Published Monday, Jan. 12 2015, 5:00 PM EST

When it comes to addressing the global problem of depression, Canada is standing tall.

Joined by more than 200 international policy makers, senior business leaders, academics and patient advocates, a contingent of Canadians recently took part in The Economist’s world summit, The Global Crisis of Depression: The Low of the 21st Century?, in London. They met to share best practices and examine what measures governments and businesses can take to address the impact of depression.

Attendees of note included Louise Bradley, president and chief executive officer of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, who took part in a panel discussion on the impact of depression and mental illness to workplace health and the economy. Outlining the tools that exist to assist employers in Canada, Ms. Bradley discussed The National Standard of Canada for a Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workplace, along with its recently released implementation guide. Conference attendees recognized the guide as a useful tool for all employers, both large and small, private and public.

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Rethinking Disabilities ConferenceRethinking Disabilities Conference
The powerful new economy behind hiring people with a disability

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Higher employee retention, lower absenteeism, greater innovation and profitability. It’s possible…if you change your thinking.

Register now for RETHINKING DISABILITIES and learn what companies like Tim Hortons, Loblaw Companies Limited, Sodexo Canada, Deloitte Canada, GE Canada, TD Bank and Walgreens have discovered that is revolutionizing their workforces and delivering bottom-line results.

Start the New Year by learning how to leverage the latest in progressive employment practices to put your organization at the forefront of a new movement. You’ll hear from business leaders from across North America who have embraced this new approach to hiring. You will come away with the tools you need to get your organization "disability confident". Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing!

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 build your knowledge and learn about a whole new way to create an inclusive workplace and gain a strong competitive advantage through improved culture, loyalty and employee innovation.

Join the movement that is changing the face of Canadian businesses and building a powerful new economy.

Please support CCRW

Donate button imagePlease support CCRW in our goal of helping Canadians with disabilities find meaningful employment this year – CCRW is now accepting online donations.

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Nayla Farah, or 1-800-664-0925 x 224 or visit our website at

Call for Article Submissions!

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