Resources

Policy Ideas – Inclusive Workplace

Consider Hiring a Newcomer

Peterborough opened its doors to many Syrian refugees in 2016.  As an employer, consider opening your doors to a new talent pool.  To help you prepare, check out the Employer Guide to Hiring Newcomers 2016 produced by seven different agencies.  The resource provides a profile of the Syrian refugees, details on hiring and onboarding support [...]

Assess Your Organization’s Level of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive

The Region of Peel has developed an assessment tool–DEI-Organizational-Self Assessment Tool–that will help you gauge how well your organization is doing around diversity, equity and inclusion.  The tool has eight domains under two sections.  The first section is appropriate for any type of organization (private, public, government) and includes the following domains:  Planning and Policy, [...]

Be an Accessibility Employer

Here are some compelling reasons for hiring someone with a disability: “11% of disabled people have their trade certificate versus 9% of able-bodied people.” “17% of disabled people have college degrees, which is the same as the able bodied population.” “Hiring workers who have a disability does not adversely affect an employer’s WSIB premiums.” “According [...]

Develop Respectful Dress Codes

Recently there have been reports in the news regarding the dress code for women in a certain restaurant chain.  The Ontario Human Rights Commission has weighed in with a policy position on gender-specific dress codes.  Consider reading this brief statement to learn about what the OHRC advises around what should be in your dress code. [...]

“Supporting Employee Success” – Accommodation Planning

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has produced a resource to support workplaces in creating supportive accommodations for employees with mental health issues.  Here is the free document, Supporting Employee Success: A Tool to Plan Accommodations that Support Success at Work. The Commission’s workplace webinar in May 2015 featured this resource. Click here to listen [...]

Learn How to Create Accessible Meetings

There are many requirements under the Accessibility of Ontario with Disabilities Act (AODA).  For general details regarding those requirements and timelines, visit the AODA site.  To learn more about making your meetings accessible, check out this guide: Guide to Conducting Accessible Meetings. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Consider the Needs of Transgendered Workers

The needs of transgendered employees are protected under human rights.  It is important to learn more about ways in which employers can create work environments that are inclusive and accommodating.  To get you started in thinking about this, here is a blog post from The BLOG of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times: Employers urged to develop [...]

Be Open to Where and How Work Happens

The Government of Canada, through the Public Works and Government Services department, has been looking at what the physical workplace of the 21st century needs to be.  They call their initiative Workplace 2.0 and it looks at how to use today’s technologies into our work and our work environments.  Click here to learn more. New [...]

The Law and Return to Work Plans: Supporting Employees with Mental Illness

On November 6, about 100 workplace representatives attended a session hosted by the Peterborough Health at Work Committee and the Peterborough Chapter of HRPA.  Dr. Martin Shain provided a good background on the legal issues around mental health in the workplace.  With seven areas of law influencing a workplace’s duty to provide a psychologically safe [...]

Making Your Workplace Accessible

The Conference Board of Canada (CBC) has produced a 2nd edition of a free resource to support employers in meeting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  To get your copy of the Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People with Disabilities, Second Edition, click here. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit