A Stronger Accessible Employment Standard
The Province of Manitoba will soon be establishing an accessible employment standard under the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act. Based on our review, Barrier-Free Manitoba has found that the standard proposed is simply not strong enough to make a real and lasting difference.

So we are calling on the government to strengthen the standard before it is finalized. We are also inviting Manitobans to express their support for the changes we are recommending. 

The government should revise the proposed standard to ensure that:
  • All employees in the province are covered by return to work policies.
  • All employers are required to develop, implement and maintain explicit policies that clearly state their commitment to the human right to accessible employment.
  • All employers promote workplace cultures that acknowledge and support the human right to accessible employment.
  • The standard addresses the accessibility barriers faced by persons with disabilities related to volunteer, internship and unpaid positions.
  • Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to reach out to agencies that specialize in disability employment services as part of recruitment activities.
The government should also commit to develop and enforce a strong accessible education standard to address the significant gaps in educational standing and training between Manitobans with and without disabilities.

Finally, the government should:
  • Commit to developing a robust strategy for the implementation of the accessible employment standard, including identifying and ensuring the availability of the requisite financial and human resources.
  • Require that large employers participate in a measurement system to track the effectiveness of the standard and to support evidence based decision-making.
  • Speed up its efforts to develop and release the details of the regime required to monitor and enforce compliance with the standard.
Please support our call for a stronger accessible employment standard today!

* I/we want to support BFM's call for a stronger accessible employment standard:

We invite you to review Barrier-Free Manitoba's brief on the proposed accessible employment standard that we submitted to government on January 12, 2018:
We also invite you to review Barrier-Free Manitoba's comprehensive brief on the standard from February 2017.: