Frequently Asked Questions by Employers

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email or call our office at 604-299-4001 ext. 342 to have a conversation.

Frequently Asked Questions by jobMAKERS

What are developmental disabilities?

Developmental disabilities include a complex group of disorders that cause physical impairments, intellectual disabilities, speech disorders and medical conditions. Some of the more common developmental disabilities include: Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Approximately two percent of the population are affected by severe developmental disabilities.

Will the individual be unreliable?

Studies show those with disabilities are shown to have better attendance records than their counterparts.

Will they be hard working?

In a word – yes. But don’t take our word for it, Mark Wafer, owner of seven Tim Hortons restaurants and employer of 40 staff with disabilities has told us this: “Several of my employees with disabilities have been employee of the year. All are in meaningful positions with competitive salaries.” For more about Mark’s Story visit –

Will they leave after just a few weeks?

Studies suggest that employees with disabilities stay five times longer than the average employee, dramatically reducing turnover costs.

Where else do your clients work?

The people whom we serve work at a variety of companies in various sectors, including:  Thrifty Foods, Value Village, Fido, Stepping Blocks Children Center, Budget Brake and Muffler, Starbucks, Joe’s Table, McDonalds, Taqueria Playa Tropical, White Spot, Dollar Tree, Skynet Wireless, Metro Ford, Elizabeth Fry Society and many more!

Are there any extra tax forms or documents I need to know about?

No, the paperwork used to hire any employee is all that is required.

Do you offer training – First Aid? Food Safe? Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)?

We are able to assist with certification in all of these areas. For Food Safe and WHMIS certification, we can assist individuals to study and take the certification online. We have recently established a certified three day First Aid course and for more information, please contact us on how you can enroll.

Can we still have an interview?

Yes, an interview is very important for both you and the individual to see if the match is suitable. We work with you to find the right opportunity for each individual that meets your job requirements.

What will happen if I need to one day ask the person to leave the job?

Either you will do so as you would with any other employee, or if you feel more comfortable you can ask us to do this for you. We would then arrange a meeting and explain the situation to the individual.

How long will posAbilities provide support for?

We are available to provide support on request by the employer or employee for up to three years following placement.  For example, employers may call on us to provide some additional training or support if there are workplace changes or new job duties well after employment begins.

What are the benefits of working with a CARF accredited organization?

posAbilities’ relationship with CARF and our standing as an accredited service provider obliges us to maintain and continue to enhance service as measured by over 900 standards by which we are evaluated at least every three years.

The CQI Officer/Designate apprises CARF regularly of our operational and administrative conformance to those standards and further develops and implements plans for improvement.

Key elements of CQA responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accreditation and our relationship CARF
  • Developing and refining Outcomes Management and Quality Assurance systems
  • Developing, implementing and analyzing staff training programs
  • Facilitating the Complaints Resolution Process

Should you have any questions or feedback regarding our relationship with CARF, or our commitment to Continuing Quality Assurance, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Are there any additional training costs?

We will provide new hires with any additional training they may need. There are no costs to employers and our experience suggests that your company can increase productivity and profit through diversifying your workforce. We are happy to explain how this happens!