Accessibility for Manitobans Act ~ Accessibility Standard for Employment
 
According to Statistics Canada, one in four Manitobans has a disability.  Manitobans with disabilities are already an integral part of our workforce.  They also represent a skilled segment of unemployed individuals looking for work. Accessibility levels the playing field, improves productivity, and makes workplaces healthier and safer for everyone – often at little or no cost.  The Accessibility Standard for Employment guides employers on how to recruit, hire and retain employees by preventing and removing barriers in the workplace.
 
Safety comes first.  To ensure employee safety, by May 1, 2020, all Manitoba employers with one or more employees, including your organization, must have:
  •  plans to provide individualized emergency response information to keep employees with disabilities safe; and,
  • permission from all employees who require assistance during an emergency to share that information with other individuals in the organization who have agreed to provide support.
 
Accessibility Manitoba has provided this Workplace Emergency Response Information Toolkit that includes more information and a sample template to get you started.
 
The other elements the standard will help ensure workplaces have appropriate processes and plans in place to offer reasonable accommodations and be inclusive of employees with disabilities. The requirements will be phased in and will affect businesses and non-profit organizations in three years - May 1, 2022. 
To access these tools and other resources, or to register for a free workshop where you and your member organizations can learn more about the new standard, please visit AccessibilityMB.ca or subscribe to Accessibility News to receive an email update every three months.
 
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Disabilities Issues Office.  The DIO can be reached by email at dio@gov.mb.ca or by calling (204) 945-7613 or toll-free at 1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 7613).