The British Columbia government works with the disability and business communities to help ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity for meaningful employment, greater independence and full participation in their communities.
Some of the actions underway across government include:
- Commitment to increase earnings exemptions by $200 a month, or $2,400 annually for people receiving assistance.
- Ensuring people with disabilities have access to information, services and supports at their local WorkBC Employment Services Centres, including:
- Assistive technology options to assist with finding and keeping a job.
- Employment-related disability supports for employed individuals who are at risk of losing employment due to their disability.
- Improved eligibility options for both secondary and post-secondary students with disabilities who are looking for support to make the successful transition from school to work.
- Supporting people with disabilities who require assistive technologies to participate in employment or volunteer activities through the Technology@Work program.
- Engaging with the business community to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Disability Employment Month
- September 2017 marks the fourth annual Disability Employment Month in B.C. ,which celebrates people with disabilities in the workforce and the employers and communities who support their success.
- Disability Employment Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the skills that people with disabilities can bring to the workplace and encourage businesses to build inclusive, diverse workforces.
Engaging the Business Community
- The Presidents Group is an advisory group to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction comprised of 22 prominent business leaders in British Columbia that work with employers to help increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and create a more-accessible consumer marketplace.
- Presidents Group members are working to identify barriers and solutions for businesses when recruiting, hiring and promoting employees with disabilities.
- To support the work of the Presidents Group, two accessibility and inclusion consultants, funded through the Vancouver Foundation, are developing a toolkit of resources and processes to support B.C. businesses to become more inclusive employers: www.accessibleemployers.ca
Community Living BC (CLBC)
- As of March 2017, more than 4,000 people receiving CLBC services were reporting employment income.
- To further support people with developmental disabilities who want to work in their communities, CLBC has implemented the Community Action Employment Plan (communitylivingbc.ca) to assist an additional 1,000 people to access employment, for a total of 5,000 by 2019 (about a 25% increase).
- Each year, CLBC proclaims Community Living Month in October to recognize and celebrate community inclusion and the significant contributions people living with developmental disabilities make to B.C. communities.