Nov 04, 2021

Labour Shortage Continues to Challenge Post-pandemic Recovery Efforts for Business

Make A Change Canada’s new Tech Diversity Online program provides job-ready candidates and wage subsidies to Canadian employers

As organizations and businesses across Canada emerge from the grip of COVID-19, many face additional challenges to planning and operations due to the current labour shortage. Amidst the uncertainty is Make A Change Canada’s new program Tech Diversity Online, which helps companies to diversify their workforce by hiring those who self-identify as living with a disability.

This untapped pool of motivated and skilled individuals has plenty to offer employers. People with disabilities are innovative and adaptable to overcoming barriers in their own lives and at work. They are primed for remote work and many prefer temporary, flexible, or contract opportunities business needs now to fill the gaps as we adjust our operations.

Make A Change Canada is a certified educational institution under Employment and Social Development Canada and has been helping Canadians from coast to coast realize their full potential since 2005. The organization’s innovative, online programs provide participants with employment readiness and comprehensive training in web development and design. Included in their educational offerings is now financial support to employers and people with barriers to employment.

At the height of the pandemic Make A Change Canada successfully brought 50 new work placement opportunities to employers across the country as part of the national response to COVID-19. Equipment retrofits and wage subsidies were a key to business resilience and growth for participating employers during the pandemic.

Vince Bucciachio, founder of SociallyInfused Media Ltd., a Hamilton, Ontario-based marketing agency, participated in the initiative in 2020 by hiring ‘Dani,’ an individual who experiences barriers to employment.

“Our experience hiring an employee under a wage subsidy has been nothing short of remarkable,” Bucciachio says. “Dani joined our organization through the program and has since been hired on full time. While exceeding performance expectations, she has also brought an energy and perspective we didn’t have before. She has truly embraced her role and made our team more well-rounded, diverse, and, ultimately, stronger.”

Make a Change Canada’s Tech Diversity Online program matches job-ready candidates like Dani with employers seeking much-needed assistance with the administration, marketing, and technology aspects of their business. With program participants ready to move ahead, Make A Change Canada is seeking interest form organizations that have a specific interest in providing a work placement opportunity to a person who self-identifies as living with a disability.

There are many benefits to the program including a full wage subsidy for the employer to start, for full-time, part-time, and contract positions up to June 30, 2022, along with the opportunity to mentor an individual, all while building a stronger team that benefits from the positives of a diverse talent pool.

Other benefits include access to an untapped talent pool, home office set up and retrofits for employees, training and support for employers including possible retrofits, and ongoing follow-up from Make A Change Canada’s team of remote professionals. In these changing times we need to think differently and here is a way for business to add diversity and inclusion into their teams. Reach out to or 1-888-927-7473 Ext 3 | to learn more.

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