Blog: Mental Health-Related Disability and Employment Equity

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Edmonton Social Planning Council
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Accessing employment is an ongoing challenge for many individuals. Various factors come into play when looking for a job, such as skills, interests, and education, as well as the type and number of jobs available in the current job market. People with mental health-related disabilities face these same realities when looking for employment, but additional issues can make finding and maintaining employment difficult. According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, over 2 million Canadians aged 15 and over have a mental health-related disability. Of those aged 25–64, 655,000 are employed, 99,000 are unemployed and 666,000 are not in the labour force. Almost half of those employed feel their condition makes it difficult for them to change or advance in their job and 1 in 4 believe this is due to discrimination or stigma. However, a report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (2013) shows that this is often under reported and many people experience structural stigma.

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