September is Disability Employment Month in BC

In 2014, the BC Government declared September Disability Employment Month in order to celebrate people with disabilities in the workforce and the employers and communities throughout the province who pave the way to support them.

As BC’s tourism and hospitality industry continues to grow – and as current labour shortages continue to impact a variety of businesses across the province and the Thompson Okanagan region– it’s important to consider tapping into non-traditional labour markets to help ensure the ongoing growth and success of the local tourism and hospitality industry. One skilled, educated and untapped labour market offering great opportunity and potential includes those with physical disabilities.

To learn more about how to access this untapped labour market, build a business case for hiring people with physical disabilities and best practices for employing people with disabilities, visit these articles on the go2HR website:

https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/business-case-hiring-people-physical-disabilities

https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/next-steps-hiring-people-disabilities

https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/untapped-labour-markets-people-developmental-disabilities

For more information and employment support resources around the Thompson Okanagan region, visit these organizations:

Pathway Abilities Society http://www.pathwayskelowna.ca

TIER Support Services http://www.tier.ca

Neil Squire Society https://www.neilsquire.ca/contact-us/kelowna-british-columbia

Inclusion Kamloops http://www.inclusionbc.org/our-priority-areas/employment

Open Door Group http://www.opendoorgroup.org

Shuswap Association for Community Living http://shuswapacl.com

WorkBC http://www.workbc.ca

If you require any assistance, please contact Ginger Brunner, Regional HR Specialist, at gbrunner@go2hr.ca.

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