Employment Action Plan for Persons with a Disability

The EAP was launched in the spring of 2012 during Disability Awareness Week. It makes 38 general recommendations comprising 65 specific actions responding to the issues identified during the consultation and engagement process.

A number of initiatives have been quickly accomplished within existing resources, while others take longer to implement and require new investments.

Read more at www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/pcsdp-cpmcph/pdf/publications/EAP-2012-2017May2016.pdf.

Achieve Your Goals – Promoting Employment and Education for Persons with Disabilities

Are you thinking about a career, furthering your education and/or going to work? The Department of Social Development has career development opportunities to support New Brunswickers with disabilities who are receiving social assistance achieve their goals.

A Career Development Opportunities case manager can help:

  • set possible goals
  • develop a personal plan
  • answer questions or concerns relating to training or employment
  • refer you to available services and programs

If you are not receiving help with employment or career planning, ask your case manager to refer you to a career development case manager.

Read more at www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/sd-ds/pdf/Disabilities/Achieve-e.pdf.

Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities

The Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities is a bilateral agreement that provides federal and provincial funding for the delivery of programs and services to persons with disabilities. Provincial programming under this agreement will seek to enhance the employability and labour market participation of working age persons with disabilities.

In New Brunswick the Departments of Family and Community Services (Social Development), Training and Employment Development, Health and Wellness (Health) and the Office of Human Resources have programs and services funded under this agreement.

Read more at www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/training-agreements/lma-disabilities.html.

Accommodating Students with a Disability

The Human Rights Commission is responsible for education on human rights in New Brunswick. When necessary, the Commission investigates complaints of discrimination and enforces the Human Rights Act. To help explain the role of educators and parents in supporting and accommodating students with a disability in public schools the Commission has developed a guideline.

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Guideline on Accommodating Students with a Disability

All students, including students with a physical or mental disability, have a right to an education. Students with a disability must be individually assessed and accommodated so that they are given the opportunity to meet their individual potential.

Read more at www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/hrc-cdp/PDF/Guideline-Accommodating-Post-Secondary-Students-Disability-New-Brunswick.pdf.

Accommodation at Work Frequently Asked Questions – Workers

  • Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Employment Standards Act
  • Human Rights Act

Read more at www.worksafenb.ca/docs/DTAWorkerBrochure_e.pdf.

Accommodation at Work Frequently Asked Questions – Employers

The standards New Brunswick employers must meet to ensure their workers’ continued employment after a permitted leave or workplace accident. Rights, obligations and best practices for employers under New Brunswick’s

  • Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Employment Standards Act
  • Human Rights Act

Read more at www.worksafenb.ca/docs/DTAEmployerBrochure_e.pdf.

Accommodation at Work: Assuring the continued employment of New Brunswickers after a permitted leave or a workplace accident

The duty to accommodate refers to an employer’s obligation to identify and eliminate any rules, policies, practices, facilities or equipment that may have a discriminatory effect against employees or potential employees and limit their opportunities for employment. The duty to accommodate most often applies to persons with disabilities. Regardless of the disability’s origin, nature or severity, and whether or not it is temporary or permanent, the duty to accommodate is a legal requirement, not a courtesy.

However, employers are not required to make accommodations that would cause them “undue hardship,” taking into account such factors as financial costs, service disruption, health and safety concerns, and collective agreements.

Read more at www.worksafenb.ca/docs/DTAAccommodationatwork_e.pdf.

Guideline on Accommodating Physical and Mental Disabilities at Work

This guideline gives the NB Human Rights’ Commission’s interpretation of the provisions of the Act relating to discrimination in employment on the basis of physical or mental disability, as set out in section 4 of the New
Brunswick Human Rights Act.

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Acts and Regulations: Disability

The Government of Canada seeks to reduce barriers and increase opportunities to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities in Canadian society.

Canada has a strong legal and legislative framework that guarantees the equal rights of people with disabilities.

Read more at www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/acts/index.shtml.

Creating a Welcoming Workplace for Employees with Disabilities

A workplace built around people is one that includes persons with disabilities. This guide suggests some strategies for creating a welcoming work environment where persons with disabilities perceive themselves as contributing members of the team. It is important to remember that people who have similar disabilities remain individuals and should be treated as such.

Listening actively, communicating clearly, and respecting the individual are key elements in creating a welcoming workplace for people with disabilities.

Read more at www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/values-ethics/diversity-equity.html

Developing a Workplace Accommodation Policy

Employers’ have an obligation to take steps to eliminate the different and negative treatment of individuals, or groups, protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act. This is called the duty to accommodate.

Read more at www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/sites/default/files/template_accommodation.pdf

Government of Canada – Accessibility Resource Centre

The Accessibility Resource Centre, developed by Employment and Social Development Canada in collaboration with other federal departments, contains tools to raise awareness and help improve accessibility. Learn more at www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/disability/arc.html
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