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General labour and entry level positions are becoming harder to fill as the competition for skilled labour grows. Manitoba business leaders consider labour shortages to be one of their top challenges.

There are 35,000 Manitobans who live with a disability who are currently unemployed or under employed, yet have valuable skills to offer employers. Up to 1000 of these potential employees live in Southeast Manitoba. This untapped pool of Job Seekers can help solve your labour shortages. EES provides services to employers free of charge to assist in reaching this valuable labour pool. Staff can assist with on-site training, accommodation and follow up support.

Many employers in the area have already benefitted from hiring a person with a disability. Statistics have shown that not only will you acquire a qualified employee, but persons with a disability have fewer sick days, are more reliable and stay for the long term when a good match is made.

EES has qualified staff who can meet with you to see how hiring a person with a disability can benefit your business.

Have you ever thought about hiring someone with a disability?
There are compelling reasons why diversifying your workforce in such a way makes good business sense:
  • Manitobans with Disabilities collectively make up a large, under-utilized resource in Manitoba’s tight labour market. Over 14%, or approximately 170,000 Manitobans live with a disability. That is an immense amount of talent to tap in to!
  • Manitobans with Disabilities are able to work. Many industry reports have compared the performance, attendance and safety of workers with disabilities with the general workforce; workers with disabilities perform, on average, as well (and sometimes better) than their coworkers. Furthermore, employees with disabilities are often inclined to stay in their jobs longer than the general workforce reducing turnover costs.
  • Help is easy to get, and at no cost. Eastman Employment Services provides direct training support for the job seekers they support at no cost to the employer. Additionally, Eastman Employment Services will provide follow up support to ensure success for both employee and employer.
  • Are you looking to fill a position? Eastman Employment is a valuable HR resource - we just might have the perfect person to fill your position. And if you contact one of us, and we don’t happen to work with a person we think would be a good match for a job, we will “cast the net out” with our colleagues in other organizations to see if we can be of assistance to you. Please see our member page for organizational contact information.
  • There are over 170,000 consumers in Manitoba who happen to have a disability; they will hold an employer with a diverse workforce in high regard. So will their friends and family. That adds up to a lot of potential customers!
  • General consumer attitudes are more favorable for businesses that hire people with disabilities. A recent study indicated that 87% of consumers surveyed would prefer to give their business to companies that hire individuals with disabilities versus those that don’t.
  • Commitment to a diverse workforce that includes employees with disabilities has a positive impact on work culture.

Information used with permission from the Manitoba Supported Employment Network (