Ready, Willing & Able

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Ready, Willing & Able

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) are pleased to announce the launch of Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) Phase 2. RWA is a national employment program for persons with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since 2014, RWA has supported Canadian business in hiring candidates with an intellectual disability or ASD for over 2,500 jobs.

Community Living Ontario is delighted to continue our work with the Ready, Willing, and Able initiative and looks forward to working with businesses in Ontario to enhance their confidence and capacity to hire inclusively.

Click here to read more about the Ready, Willing and Able initiative.

“Working with Ready, Willing & Able has enabled us to tap into a pool of talented and capable individuals that, otherwise, we would not have had access to. We gave them the criteria and job description and they did the rest. They went through their pool of people to identify suitable candidates. We anticipate that our continued involvement with Ready, Willing & Able will open the door to more associates being identified and hired to support our business needs.”

Gaynor Feltmate
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Compass Group Canada

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is your business ready, willing and able to hire a person with an intellectual disability or ASD? Here’s what you need to know to build an inclusive labour force:

What should I expect from an employee with an intellectual disability or ASD?

Like people without a disability, individuals with an intellectual disability or ASD are all different, with unique strengths, weaknesses, skills and talents. RWA assists employers with placing candidates in positions that align with their skills and strengths. As such, the employees will likely have exactly what you are looking for, including experience and interest in your field of work and a strong dedication to their role. Remember, performance comes in different packages!

How will inclusive hiring benefit my business?

Many employers find it difficult to find long-term, motivated and reliable employees. Employees with intellectual disabilities or ASD are an underutilized labour source that will enhance the creativity of your workforce, provide a broader base of experience and help shift the emphasis to individual strengths and talents.

Do I have to offer full-time hours to participate?

Full-time hours are not necessary. Part-time employment, seasonal or summer employment may be exactly what a potential employee with an intellectual disability or ASD is looking for.

Will I have support?

RWA is dedicated to providing support to employers and their employees. If needed, necessary supports (i.e. job coaches, on-the-job accommodations or workplace modifications) can be made available; either initially or on an on-going basis.

What accommodations do I need to make?

Every employee is different, with unique abilities and needs. As such, all employees, with or without disabilities, require accommodations of some sort. Most of the time, accommodations for employees with an intellectual disability or ASD do not cost your business anything at all. If necessary, RWA will provide disability awareness training, workplace modifications or assistive technologies.

What compensation do I offer?

It is expected that employees with intellectual disabilities or ASD will be paid at the same rate as your other employees in similar roles.

What about liability?

As a responsible employer, you already provide a safe workplace, Workers Compensation and general insurance coverage. Hiring someone with an intellectual disability or ASD does not increase your liability.

How will inclusive hiring affect my other employees?

Many employees have reported that hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities or ASD has enhanced their teamwork and improved the dynamic of their workplace. However, if issues do arise, RWA will provide the needed support to help you.


For more information about how Ready, Willing and Able can work with your business, please contact:

Jackie Moore
Labour Market Consultant
Community Living Ontario
(416) 447-4348 ext. 248

Siobhan Costelloe

Labour Market Facilitator
Community Living Ontario
(416) 447-4348 ext.251