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Reimagine to Succeed

Reimagine to Succeed equips tourism and hospitality employers with the training, advice and confidence they need to hire and retain people with disabilities and build more inclusive workplaces.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility from April 2023 through March 2024, this pilot program was designed to encourage and support tourism and hospitality employers to recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities.

The program reinforced the business advantages of diverse hiring, including increased staff retention, productivity, and growth. By 2025, there will be over 45,000 unfilled jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector. Inclusive hiring will be critical to helping employers compete for talent and fill those roles.

This program was free for businesses in Ontario and will provide access to the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) Disability Awareness & Confidence Training for Business.

Through Reimagine to Succeed, employers received: 

  • 1:1 Consulting Support: OTEC’s Disability Inclusion Business Advisor works with businesses to assess their needs and capacity to develop an action plan to recruit and retain people with disabilities.
  • Training: Access to ODEN’s Disability Awareness and Confidence Training for employers, a one-hour online introductory training module to help prepare your business to confidently hire and onboard people who have a disability. It is an opportunity to learn more about people with disabilities, the benefits of hiring, and appropriate etiquette.
  • Supportive Network: OTEC connects you with like-minded employers to share experiences and exchange best practices.
  • Accessibility Guidance: OTEC supports you in meeting AODA guidelines.

Inclusive hiring is good for business:

  • 27% of Canadians have a disability.
  • Businesses that hire people with a disability experience a 72% increase in productivity.
  • Inclusive businesses grow profits up to 3x faster than their competitors.

Source: Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN)

Click here to access the Reimagine to Succeed project’s final report. 


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