Canada

Region: North America

RELEVANT LEGISLATION

The main federal laws which protect people with disabilities from discrimination include the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Employment Equity Act (1995) aims to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfilment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.

Policy on the Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Public Service provides workplace accommodation to employees with disabilities, jointly administered with the Public Service Commission of Canada’s policy on accommodation in the appointment process.

 

Relevant organisations, including INGOs

National business and disability networks or initiatives