WorkBC Supports People Working with a Disability to Thrive
September is Disability Employment Month in BC, a time both to celebrate the contributions that employees with a disability make in the workplace and to spread awareness about the barriers facing these workers.
With 3 in 10 employees expected to experience a disability during their working lives, BC is striving to support these individuals to achieve the highest labour market participation rate in the country.
To facilitate this, WorkBC offers many services and programs to help clients with a disability reach their employment goals.
Locally, Kootenay Career Development Services (KCDS) operates WorkBC Centres in Nelson and Castlegar. WorkBC provides free and confidential specialized services to help clients with a disability find employment. Two dedicated counsellors develop customized plans for individuals who are given support and guidance before, during and after employment. WorkBC also supports on-the-job training and can provide accommodation and aids required to enable workers to perform their duties. Some employees may even be eligible for wage subsidies which would decrease employers’ training costs.
“Clients living with a disability can add tremendous value to the workplace,” says Jocelyn Carver, Executive Director of KCDS. “Inclusive, diverse and accessible workplaces benefit everyone.” Evidence shows that hiring persons with disabilities can increase profits, lead to less sick time, result in higher employee retention and increase productivity. Nearly 90% of consumers favour businesses that employ staff with unique abilities. That’s just good business sense.
WorkBC is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.