Unleashing the Employment Potential of Persons with Disabilities

More than 35,000 Manitobans with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 64 are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up their search for meaningful work. The Department of Families Community Living disAbility Service (CLDS) determined that only 5% of CLDS clients in Manitoba earn at least minimum wage and work at least 20 hours per week.

Recent studies demonstrate that people with disabilities rated average or better than their non-disabled colleagues on job performance, attendance, and work safety. Hiring employees with disabilities is a proven investment in retaining experienced staff, increasing productivity, and improving organizational culture.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act can help remove employment barriers, but standards are not enough, because:

The Manitoba government must overcome this enormous waste of human and economic potential.

Questions for the Parties