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March 31, 2022  

Work Barriers for People with Disabilities

March 31, 2022

Rabia Khedr, National Director of Disability Without Poverty Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus

Feature guests: Rabia Khedr, National Director – Disability Without Poverty, and Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs – Cardus

Canada needs to break down the barriers that stop people with disabilities from getting good jobs. Think-tank Cardus has released a landmark report, Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities. It challenges decision-makers to move beyond an emphasis on income assistance to close the employment gap that too many Canadians face because of a disability.

Consider this:  Only five percent of federal government disability spending is on programs promoting employment; the rest goes to income supports of one form or another. And yet, the poverty rate of people with disabilities was 13.5% in 2019, which is disproportionately higher than it is for other Canadians.

Listen as we try to identify which barriers keep people with disabilities from finding rewarding, meaningful jobs and seek ways to break down those barriers.

Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities is freely available online

A French summary of Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities is also available online.

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