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The Facts

More than 1 in 5 Canadians have a Disability
Does this number seem represented in the everyday businesses you engage with?

The Accessible Media Program assists in facilitating and closing this job gap for
persons with disabilities and employers. It also ensures the right candidates are
matched with the right businesses.

‘Not Yet Disabled’
The majority of our Canadian population is actually labelled as ‘Not Yet Disabled’. This is because all disabilities change with time and age. But at some point we will all become Temporarily, Permanently, or Situationally disabled within each of our lifetimes.

Employing someone with the extra knowledge and perspective of ‘accessibility’, will help shape our future societal systems from the inside out, creating long term solutions and wider inclusion.

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Our goal is to successfully train and place our graduates with employers able to offer quality employment and work placements.

Wider Inclusion & Long Term Solutions

  • Employers of our graduates are eligible for the program’s exclusive wage subsidy administered by the Canadian Counsel on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW).
  • This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
  • Employers of our graduates are eligible for the program’s exclusive wage subsidy administered by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW).
  • This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Create a truly diverse and inclusive workforce while providing a real platform of experience for persons with disabilities

Reach Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) & ACA goals & regulations

Uplift your brand identity with your own ‘Accessibility & Inclusion Program’

The Program

The ‘Introduction to Accessible Content Media Production Program’ is a certificate program that offers Ontarians of all disabilities and backgrounds 14-Weeks of immersive learning and work experience in the field of ‘Accessible Digital Media’. The course is facilitated through our valued partners Mohawk College Enterprise and Brands Canada with our exclusive employer wage subsidy initiative administered by Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW).

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. Our goal is to train and successfully place our graduates with employers able to offer quality employment and job placements.

The benefits to the employers who work with us include…

  • Government supports & subsidies
  • Carefully screened and matched candidates
  • Supportive service and provisions provided to ensure retention
  • Customized training to facilitate organization needs
  • Experienced and specialized trained candidates
  • In-house training facility with certified facilitators
  • Professional and motivated candidates

Graduate Skills Obtained

All candidates already bring with them a multitude of skills and work experience in various occupations with a specialty in accessible media.

Our Program Offers Skills & Exercises In...

  • Disability Legislation and Knowledge of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Inclusive Language, Terminology, & Design
  • Accessibility for Social Media
  • DIV & DDV
  • Video Captioning Using Youtube
  • Knowledge of Assistive Technologies
  • Introduction to Accessible Documents Web & Social Media Accessibility
  • Disability Representation
  • Podcasting as an accessible medium
  • Marketing
  • Podcast hosting, Recording, Editing and Uploading
  • Promotional Video Editing

In Addition To...

  • Managing stress and emotions in the workplace
  • Self advocacy
  • Appropriate workplace behaviour
  • Being a productive and efficient team player

The Employer Wage Subsidy Program

SUBSIDY PART 1 - EMPLOYER ONBOARDING FINANCIAL SUPPORTS

  • Funding to augment costs of productivity for training and onboarding
  • Employers may receive a subsidy of up to $1000 per hired graduate to compensate the company for costs incurred for training (ex. to augment and compensate the company for costs incurred for training, orientation sessions, and staff supervision).
  • This job placement stipend may be also intended to assist in bridging the gap for the first paycheck.
  • During the onboarding period, the candidate will immerse themselves within the organization and work with the department understanding what the prospective position will entail while job-shadowing with other members of the team.
  • This phase will allow both the candidate and the employer to determine the suitability of the job based on the scope of work and experience required for the position.

SUBSIDY PART 2 - HIRED SUBSIDY (10 WKS)

  • Participants payroll is augmented by the full subsidy for 10 Weeks

Six – Ten weeks = 100% of the candidate’s payroll is paid

Four weeks = 50% of the candidate’s payroll is paid

The finer details:

  • Once accepted as an employee, the employer representative will be contacted by our subsidy partner Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) who will forward the application form denoting the particulars of the employment offer such as wages agreed upon, description of job roles, and responsibilities.
  • The securely submitted application form will also require:
    – registered business number;
    – pre-authorized payment details
    – Signature
  • Once the approval is obtained, based on your payroll schedule, each month the employee’s payroll stubs will be submitted for confirmation of payment to your Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) contact.
  • Upon the application being processed you will receive a deposit into yourpre-authorized business account based on the following subsidy calculation
    Six weeks = 100% of the candidate’s payroll is paid
    Four weeks = 50% of the candidate’s payroll is paid

Assistive Devices (If Required)

Should candidates require any on the job accommodations, accommodations will be covered by the program up to $2,000. This should be an ample amount for software or accessible devices.

If devices are needed, your pre-assigned accommodation specialist will work with you prior and during the placement to ensure all necessary documents are filled out and sent to our team to initiate the set up and delivery.

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mentor support

Post- Program Mentors & Employer Support

This is what separates us from any other program in Canada.

Each graduate is assigned a Post- Program Mentor who will act as the point person between your company and your new team member to ensure a seamless transition into the designated job role.

The Program Mentor is there to work alongside your team and answer any questions that may arise during their apprenticeship.

All graduates already carry a variety of skills and work experience in various occupations. We have provided this additional service as a resource if it’s needed, for both parties to adjust to the process and ensure a positive outcome for everyone involved.

OWLware is an equitable social service agency providing training and employment opportunities.

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Contact Us

    Or please email Frank Sroka at frank@owlware.com or call 416-885-2472