B.C. Celebrates Disability Employment Month in September
This September marks the 4th annual Disability Employment Month in British Columbia and provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce, and the employers and communities who support their success.
By raising awareness about the skills that people with disabilities can bring to the workplace and encouraging businesses to build inclusive, diverse workforces, people with disabilities have more opportunity to contribute to the economy, earn an income, and better support themselves and their families.
Throughout September, WorkBC Employment Services Centres, organizations and communities throughout the province will host open houses, job fairs, workshops and appreciation events. Job seekers and employers can contact their local WorkBC Employment Services Centre to learn more about the Disability Employment Month events in their area and the resources and supports available to help people with disabilities obtain employment.
The Times Colonist reported this month that by 2025, B.C. employers will need to fill an estimated one million jobs. With competition for talent so tight, it makes sense to create hiring practices that include the best people. Hiring people with diverse abilities is not only the right thing to do — it’s a smart business decision. The article highlights all the reasons we need to celebrate individuals with diverse abilities and why they are the key to solving the hiring crisis we are facing in this province.
To learn more about Disability Employment Month, please click here.
Community Ventures Society knows first-hand about the contributions of people with disabilities to the workforce. We work with the individuals we serve daily to help them gain employment and improve their skills to be value-added members of the workforce.