Developing an Employment Strategy for Canadians with Disabilities

Canadians also face significant barriers in the labour market and in the workplace. Furthermore, young people with disabilities are far more likely to be living in poverty than youth without disabilities. Yet thousands of young people with disabilities who have the potential to work remain unemployed.

A re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Develop and implement an employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities. This strategy will be focused on supports for workers and employers and creating inclusive and welcoming workplaces. It will also include an investment in the Ready, Willing & Able inclusive hiring program to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Create a new stream of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program (YESS) to support 5000 opportunities a year for young people. This would help young Canadians with disabilities gain the skills, experience, and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market and build successful careers.