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This section offers information on Canadian and American policy concerning the employment of persons with disabilities. You will find links leading to literature concerning employment-related issues, including opportunities, programs, initiatives, activities, outreach and the wide range of assistance available for the whole disability community. If you are currently employed, there are valuable links on this page for your quality legal representation (if you have need of it) and also information about your equality rights in the workplace.
Federal Government United States

U. S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. With the ultimate goal of increasing the number of people with disabilities who work, either as employees or entrepreneurs, ODEP provides policy analysis, technical assistance, development of innovative practices and strategies, and education and outreach to employers, employees and the disability community. Related to these efforts, ODEP also conducts a variety of employment-related programs and initiatives.

ODEP has awarded several grants to develop innovative programs and provide technical assistance to improve employment outcomes for adults and youth with disabilities.

Federal Government Canada

This is information about the action that the Government of Canada and its partners have taken to assist people with disabilities.

Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities

The "social union" initiative is the umbrella under which governments will concentrate their efforts to renew and modernize Canadian social policy. It focuses on the pan-Canadian dimension of health and social policy systems, the linkages between the social and economic unions, and the recognition that reform is best achieved in partnership among provinces, territories and the Government of Canada.

The primary objective of the social union initiative is to reform and renew Canada's system of social services and to reassure Canadians that their pan-Canadian social programs are strong and secure. In working to build a strong social union, the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories have reached a broad consensus that the first priorities should be children in poverty and persons with disabilities.

  • The Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Initiative responds to the needs identified through the Federal Task Force on Disability Issues (the Scott Task Force) and through provincial/territorial consultations for more appropriate programs and services to help people with disabilities overcome the barriers they face in the labour force. EAPD will help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. The new name reflects this stronger focus on employability.
  • EAPD is a financial arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. Under bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will contribute 50 per cent of the cost, up to a maximum, of eligible provincial/territorial programs and services.
  • Under EAPD, federal and provincial/territorial governments have also committed to a new planning process, which will ensure a co-ordinated approach to employment-related issues for people with disabilities. The planning process will take into consideration the views of stakeholders.

    Canadian Provincial Governments Ontario

    Has a Disability Act that was passed into law in 2002

    British Columbia

    ... EMPLOYMENT AND ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ... by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows: ...


    EnableLink Law and Social Policy

    Several accounts of many important issues - many of which tie directly into the struggle for equality in which people with disabilities have been engaged for more than a generation.


    This is a non-profit organization in Nova Scotia that is committed to ensuring that people living with disabilities have effective, quality legal and social representation.

    reachAbility (formerly Reach Nova Scotia) provides access to equality and human rights through effective, innovative response - re: access to equality for people living with disabilities - by providing new knowledge, leadership and partnership opportunities.

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