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Photo of a woman in a power wheelchair talking to a man with a cane in the lobby of Vancity Head Office.

Photo credit: Vancity Credit Union

The Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

There are close to one million job openings expected in BC by 2025.
There are 334,000 British Columbians aged 15 to 64 who have a disability.

People with disabilities represent an important employee talent pool that is largely untapped. Many people with disabilities are highly educated and have comparable skills to people without disabilities. Yet the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 4.5 percentage points higher – 11.6% vs. 7.1% – than for people without disabilities.

As employers ourselves, we know the challenges of finding – and keeping – good employees. We also know the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and fostering inclusive, accessible workplaces.

Businesses throughout BC are looking for qualified candidates to join their teams. It is well documented that employees with disabilities perform just as well, or better than their coworkers in punctuality, attendance, work quality, task consistency and overall proficiency.

It’s just good business

90% of consumers prefer companies that employ people with disabilities. For companies interested in gaining a competitive advantage, this is important to know.

Given the expected increase in job openings, the largely untapped source of talent and the strong business case for hiring people with disabilities, it makes good business sense to nurture a workforce that is inclusive.

We want to support all businesses in BC – small, medium and large – to become champions of accessible, inclusive employment for people with disabilities.