Gateway builds meaningful, paid employment relationships that work for both employers and job seekers who live with developmental disabilities. Our approach involves extensive discovery with each job seeker, and full exploration with each potential employer. Support is ongoing for both the employer and the job seeker throughout the entire working relationship.

Please contact our Employment team for more information on how to make your business and inclusive employer! Call 780-454-0701 or email at Ashleigh@gatewayassociation.ca or Vickie@gatewayassociation.ca

Visit our resource library for resources tailored to employers!

FAQs for Employers

How can hiring inclusively help my business?

Research has found that employers who hire people living with a disability have lower turnover rates.

Hiring inclusively can help fill the gaps in your workforce.

There is often a positive trickle effect on workplace culture and staff morale.

It identifies your company as socially conscious and community minded to clients/customers/patrons.

86% of people with disabilities rated average or better on attendance.

90% of people with disabilities rated average or better on job performance than their non-disabled colleagues.

98% of people with disabilities rated average or better in work safety than their non-disabled colleagues.

How much will it cost to accommodate an employee?

Almost 60% of people with disabilities require no accommodations at all. Of those that do, the typical one-time expenditure by employers was $500.

What does support from Gateway look like?

Some of the employers who have hired our job seekers simply use us as a resource or for support when there is an issue or conflict with an employee. We always share our cell numbers and we are a phone call away.

Gateway is there through every step. We are committed to supporting a job seeker and an employer through the entire duration of their work relationship. There is no cutoff date.

We help support the onboarding process. After you hire one of our job seekers, we can come in and speak to employees about working with someone who lives with a disability.

Our support includes regular check-ins with employers and job seekers. This could be once a week or once a month depending on the job seeker and employer. We are there to help fine-tune tasks, approaches to instructions, barriers in the workplace, relationships with managers and staff, and accommodations that will lead to a meaningful, long-term fit.

Contact us to access inclusive employment services.

Alex started working for the City of Edmonton in 2014. He is now thriving doing administrative support for the Communications and Engagement department. Alex also recently joined the Gateway Association Board of Directors.