Introducing a new employee with a mental health problem

Introduce an employee with a mental health problem just as you would any other employee. As the Canadian Human Rights Commission puts it, “An individual’s disability should not define him or her any more than gender, race or any other...

Explaining accommodations to the other employees

One of my employees has a mental health problem. How can I explain the situation to other employees?    The co-workers of an employee with a mental illness may come to you with their concerns—maybe they’re nervous about working with...

What are mental health accommodations?

What kinds of accommodations are people with a mental health problem likely to need? There is no comprehensive list of accommodations for people who are dealing with mental health issues. Accommodations tend to be based on the individual needs of...

Accommodation rights and responsibilities

What are the accommodation rights and responsibilities of employers, employees, and unions? The employer should: Create an atmosphere in which employees are comfortable asking for accommodation. This means providing employees with information about the organization’s accommodation policy, and creating procedures...

Human Rights Resources

Follow the links below to learn more about human rights legislation and commissions in your province or territory: Federal information: Canadian Human Rights Commission Frequently Asked Questions on the Duty to Accommodate Canadian Human Rights Act Canadian Charter of Rights...

Legal Resources

National Resources Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada. Legal Line Legal Line is a federal not-for-profit organization that provides free legal information...

What is the Duty to Accommodate?

What is the Duty to Accommodate? Source: Ontario Human Rights Commission. The “duty to accommodate” is the legal obligation that employers, unions, landlords and service providers have under the Ontario Human’s Right Code (and respective provincial codes in other provinces)...

What should I say?

I have decided to tell my employer that I’m ill What should I say? As an employee you have a responsbility to be a productive worker. When you are experiencing a mental disability, you may also have the right to...

What I Wish I Knew

What I Wish I Knew A Snapshot of My Experience with Mental llness at Work By Mandi Luis-Buckner Seven years ago I was a successful employee at a large financial organization, and if depression hadn’t hit me, I would now...
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What is CMHA?

What is CMHA? The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is one of the oldest continuing nation-wide charitable health organizations in Canada. CMHA’s broad mandate is to promote the mental health of all people and support the resilience and recovery of...
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