Accessible Employment Standard and the Accessibility for Manitobans Act
May 2, 2019
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba
The Manitoba Government recently introduced the second accessibility standard under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA). This standard is initially focused on employee safety and inclusion.
According to Statistics Canada, one in four Manitobans has a disability. Manitobans with disabilities are already an integral part of our workforce and 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.
To aid employers in ensuring that their workplace meets all the required safety measures, the Manitoba Government has launched a Workplace Emergency Response Information Toolkit that includes more information and a sample template to get 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). For an overview, please see the Introduction to Manitoba's Accessible Employment Standard.
Now is the time to increase awareness about accessible employment. Establish dialogue and create transparency with your team by posting an Accessibility Works Infographic Poster or the Discussing Accessibility in the Workplace poster in an employee lounge or on your website.
If you’re not sure what you will need to do to comply with the accessibility standard for employment, this compliance Business and Non-Profit Organization Checklist will help.
To access these tools and other resources, or to register for a free workshop where you can learn more about the new standard, please visit AccessibilityMB.ca or subscribe to Accessibility News to receive an email update every three months.
Accessible employment is critical in fulfilling the Manitoba Government’s vision of a society that is inclusive for everyone.
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act was enacted in 2013. The AMA seeks to identify, prevent and remove barriers for those living with disabilities in Manitoba. It affects everyone in our province, building on the requirements of The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) to create a made-in-Manitoba solution.