Commitment to Hire More People with Disabilities
June 17, 2009
10 x 10 Challenge
There are currently over 360,000 working age people with disabilities in British Columbia. They have the motivation, education and abilities to be valuable members of our workforce and communities, yet they face an employment rate about 20% lower than the rest of the population - 56.5% versus 74.3% (based on 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey).
The Minister's Council on Employment for Persons with Disabilities invites communities and organizations to join the 10 by 10 Challenge to increase employment of persons with disabilities by 10%, or over 13,000 new jobs, by the year 2010.
An initiative to connect BC employers to persons with disabilities by providing valuable employment resources and support. The goal of the initiative is to help employers turn potential challenges into workable solutions and increase the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.
All research points to the fact that persons with disabilities represent a large, growing, and as yet, largely untapped talent pool. In light of a looming skills shortage caused by lower levels of new labour force entrants and higher levels of retirement, it is essential that employers tap into this talent pool to access skilled workers. Hiring persons with disabilities will also help to reduce turnover costs, while building an inclusive and positive work environment.