NDEAM 2021

main with artificial leg working with lumberNational Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual campaign that takes place every October promoting disability inclusion.

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ODEN’s annual NDEAM campaign

Each year ODEN leads a campaign for its members to raise disability-inclusive employment awareness. Our annual NDEAM campaign focuses on the many ways disability-inclusive hiring:

2021 Campaign Theme Retrospective:

Engaging Talent in the Disability Inclusion Evolution

Disability often gets left out of the business conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. That is changing. Organizations that understand the power of investing in the talent of skilled people who have a disability,  invest in success.

Throughout October, this year’s campaign focused on:

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Highlights of NDEAM 2021

Mayoral proclamations

These are always a big part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. If you have a proclamation to add to this list, let us know.

Toronto

In Toronto, Mayor John Tory proclaimed October National Disability Employment Awareness Month for the third straight year.

Collingwood, ON

In Collingwood, ON, Mayor Brian Saunderson proclaimed October 21 National Disability Awareness Day in conjunction with Light It Up! For NDEAM.

North Bay, ON

In Northern Ontario, North Bay Mayor Al McDonald proclaimed October National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Halifax

The City of Halifax recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month for the first time, with a proclamation and the City’s participation in Light It Up! For NDEAM™ on October 21.

Other municipalities that issued proclamations during NDEAM:

Other NDEAM campaign highlights

Jobs Ability Canada

Jobs Ability Canada launch

We officially debuted Jobs Ability Canada during NDEAM, on October 27. This unique artificial intelligence-driven platform will help businesses across Canada more easily reach the vast “hidden” talent pool of job seekers who have a disability.

Engage Talent graphic with a microphone for podcastYou Can’t Spell Inclusion Without a D — Episode 4

The same day we launched Jobs Ability Canada, we published the newest episode of our podcast, You Can’t Spell Inclusion Without a D. In this amazing conversation, John Robinson, the founder of Our Ability and Jobs Ability US, shares some deep, personal and business insights about his journey creating both Our Ability and Jobs Ability.

Light It Up for NDEAM!

Light It Up! For NDEAM™ recognizes how people who have a disability contribute to businesses and their communities, helping companies be successful and competitive.

ODEN created Light It Up! For NDEAM in 2020 — it was the first event of its kind for NDEAM, Ontario-wide. This year, we collaborated with The Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) and MentorAbility Canada to take Light It Up! For NDEAM national on Thursday, October 21.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and helped make Light It Up! For NDEAM 2021 so successful, on so many levels. To find out more about the success of this year’s event, watch the NDEAM Wrap-Up & Celebration video.

Over 2,500 people nationwide used the Light It Up! For NDEAM PR Kit to participate, and to ignite local conversations about the importance of disability-inclusive recruiting and hiring.

Find out more about Light It Up! For NDEAM 2021

  • See the final list of where it happened nationwide
  • Watch the NDEAM Wrap-Up & Celebration video on our YouTube channel

The first national Light It Up! For NDEAM happened in 113 cities at over 300 locations in all 10 provinces and two territories!

The event:

Mark your calendar now for Light It Up! For NDEAM 2022! Plan to participate by lighting up your community purple and blue on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Light It Up! For NDEAM 2021 final list of participating locations

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Carbonear
Mariner Resource Opportunities Network

Corner Brook

Joseph R. Smallwood Building

Labrador City
Labrador West Employment Corporation
Iron Ore Company of Canada — haul truck at main entrance

Springdale
Green Bay Community Employment Centre

St. John’s
The John Cabot Building
Bannerman Brewing Co.
Avalon Employment Inc.
Lieutenant–Governor’s House
The Salvation Army Ches Penney Centre of Hope
Enviroblu Solutions Inc.
Warehouse Transport Group
M&M Properties Ltd.
Indigo Parking Management
HappilyNeverAfter
Ossetra Wondrous Earth
Scrub Er Down Extreme Auto Detailing
St. John’s City Hall
Terry Fox Memorial at Mile 0
Memorial University St. John’s Campus

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Charlottetown
City Hall Tower
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Daniel J. MacDonald Building
Jean Canfield Building
RCMP “L” Division Headquarters

Summerside
City Hall
Joseph A. Ghiz Building

NOVA SCOTIA

Amherst
Nova Scotia Works Cansa Building

Antigonish
Career Connections Nova Scotia (Antigonish Office)
Antigonish Farmers’ Market Mutual Insurance Company
Town Hall
Antigonish Town & County Library – “The People’s Place”
Municipality of the County of Antigonish Office
R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

Bridgewater
Nova Scotia Works – Employment Solutions Society
Curry Express Food Truck/Restaurant

Cambridge
Plank Industries

Cape Breton (Sydney)
Sydney Government of Canada Building
Nova Scotia Works – Island Employment
The Big Fiddle (Port of Sydney)
Bank of Montreal Museum
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Guysborough
Career Connections Nova Scotia (Guysborough Office)
Guysborough County Community Business Development Corporation
Municipality of the District of Guysborough (Municipal Office)
Guysborough PharmaChoice
Avery’s YIG
Guysborough County Adult Learning Centre
Transit Association of Gusborough Office

Halifax
City Hall
TEAM Work Cooperative Offices
The Salt Yard Develop (Develop Nova Scotia)
Halifax Seaport District (Port of Halifax)
Sobeys (Clayton Park)

Hatchet Lake
Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities

Kentville
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada — Kentville Research and Development Centre

Mulgrave
Mulgrave Memorial Centre (Town of Mulgrave)

New Glasgow
Career Connections Nova Scotia (New Glasgow Office)
IGNITE Atlantic
Pictou County Chamber of Commerce office
Tim Hortons 687 East River Road
Tim Hortons 750 Westville Road
Pizza Delight 688 East River Road
Subway 677 East River Road
Burnnott Limited Office 677 East River Road
Canadian Tire
Global Courseware Inc.
River Run Cafe
The Velcroft Centre

Pictou
Municipality Pictou County (Municipal Office)

Shelburne
Southwest Employment Services
Shelburne County Learning Network

Sherbrooke
Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s Municipal Office

Stellarton
Town Hall

Trenton
Town of Trenton (old CN caboose 79294 across from Town Office)

Truro
Town Library

Yarmouth
IGNITE Atlantic
Southwest Employment Services

NEW BRUNSWICK

Fredericton
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada — Fredericton Research and Development Centre

Miramichi
Miramichi Pay Centre

Moncton
Gulf Fisheries Centre
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (310 Baig Blvd)

Shediac
DSS Building – Government Pension Centre

QUEBEC

Gatineau
Place du Centre
Place du Portage III
Place du Portage IV
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
Fontaine Building
Galerie Gatineau

Montreal
Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (OACI) (La maison de l’OACI)
Dominion Square
The Sofitel Hotel
Complexe Guy Favereaux

Quebec City
Transport Canada
New Quebec Custom House National Historic Site (Canada Border Services Agency Quebec Region)

ONTARIO

Amherstburg
Joe Meloche Ford

Belleville
Bridge Street Bridge

Bothwell
Michael Dawthorne (ODEN Board Chair) Residence

Bracebridge
Bracebridge Falls
Community Living South Muskoka

Brampton
City Hall Clock Tower

Campbellford
Career Edge offices

Chatham
Chatham-Kent Civic Centre

Clarington
Town Hall

Cobourg
Watton Employment Services
Cobourg County Building and Northumberland Paramedics
Victoria Hall
Northumberland County Building

Collingwood
Town Clock
Government of Canada Building

Dresden
Town Hall and Downtown Core lamp posts

Essex
Community Living Essex County (Head Office)

Flesherton
Life Directions Employment Center – South-East Grey County Support Service Road Sign

Haliburton
Fleming College – Haliburton School of Art & Design
Fleming CREW Employment Centre

Hamilton
City of Hamilton Signature Sign
VPI Work Solutions
Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre (HWCDSB)

Harrow
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Harrow Research and Development Centre

Hawkesbury
Employment Services Centre

Huntsville
Community Living Huntsville
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Kenora
Kenora Association for Community Living
City Hall
Huskie the Muskie

Kingston
City Hall Façade
Springer Market Square

Lanark County
Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc. (home office)

Lindsay
VCCS Employment Services
Fleming College – Frost Campus

London
City Hall
Fountain at the Forks
J.A. Taylor Building
Canada Life
Sifton Properties
RBC London Place
March of Dimes
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – London Research and Development Centre
The Dominion Public Building

Meaford
Municipal water tower

Mississauga
Civic Centre Clock Tower

Newmarket
Riverwalk Commons
Fred A. Lundy Bridge

Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls

North Bay
City Hall
Canadian Mental Health Association (Employment Centre Bldg.)
March of Dimes Bldg.
MPP Office – Vic Fedeli
EarlyON Centre
Community Living North Bay offices
The Harbor church

Oakville
Town Hall

Ottawa
Byward Market Interactive “Ottawa” Sign
L’Esplanade Laurier
Minto Place Canada Building (Property 54614)
Sir William Logan Building
Department of National Defence Carling Campus Building 5
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Ottawa Skyline Buildings (Tower 7)

Peterborough
Fleming College Campuses
Fleming College Muskoka–Kawarthas Employment Services Office
Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough
Agilec office
Fleming CREW Employment Centre
Alternatives Community Program Services
YMCA of Central East Ontario (Balsillie Family Branch)
Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton-Kawartha-Pineridge Office
Job Quest (Community Living Trent Highlands)

Picton
Community Living Prince Edward Offices
Prince Edward County OPP Detachment
Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce Office

Port Hope
Community Employment Services
Community Living and Respite Services Northumberland

Sarnia
City Hall

South Gravenhurst
Employment North

St. Catharines
Brock University Tower

St. Marys
Community Living St. Marys & Area Office
GC Boyle Law Firm
Town Hall
Action Health Care
Troyers Spices
Lyric Flowers

Stratford
Stratford Festival Avon Theatre

Sudbury
Taxation Data Centre
Government of Canada Building
Elm Place Tower
The Big Nickel

Sundridge
Employment North

Timmins
“Timmins” interactive sign at Timmins Museum

Toronto
Canada Life Building
Pearson Control Tower
CN Tower
3D Toronto Sign
Canada Centre
Environment Canada Building
The Azrieli Foundation
Can Pro Investments Limited
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
March of Dimes Canada National Office
Union Chicken Restaurant – Union Station

Welland
Welland Bridge 13

Windsor
East Windsor Lowe’s Store

MANITOBA

Beausejour
Home Hardware
Rexall Pharmacy
Chicken Delight
Vickie’s Snack Bar
Superior Inn & Conference Centre
Beausejour Bowling Lanes
Association for Community Living – Beausejour Branch
Supported Employment Options
Colin’s House
Pennyweight Market
Brokenhead River Regional Library
Town of Beausejour Office
Beausejour Hotel
Constituency Office – Wayne Ewasko, MLA for Lac du Bonnet

Brandon
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Brandon Research and Development Centre

Winnipeg
Manitoba Museum – Alloway Hall
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services
City of Winnipeg – “Winnipeg” signature sign
Canadian Grain Commission Building
Manitoba Legislature
Red River College Polytechnic – Paterson Global Foods Building (street-level windows)
Red River College Polytechnic – Roblin Street Campus (along Princess Street)

SASKATCHEWAN

Estevan
City Hall

Humboldt
City Hall
Humboldt and District Community Services

La Ronge
NorthSask Special Needs

Lloydminster
Ability Development Services Employment Supports Building

Meadow Lake
Multiworks

North Battleford
Prairie Employment Program Building
Battlefords Trade and Education Centre

Porcupine Plain
Slobodian Pharmacy
Porcupine Plain Coop
Quilly Willy Early Learning Center
Caroline’s Restaurant
Bits N Pieces & Laundromat
Porcupine Opportunities Program

Prince Albert
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch — 6 residential houses
Wintersun 420
Overhead Door
Limitless Gear and Clothing Apparel
Prince Albert Shopper
Iceberg Pure Water
Habitat for Humanity

Regina
City Hall Foyer
Clare Parker Homes (403 & 406–2206 Dewdney Ave.)
Farm Credit Canada
Munch Cafe and Catering
Koko Patisserie
The EveryDay Kitchen

Saskatoon
SARC Administration Building Sign
City Hall
Prairie Wind in River Landing
Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch Inc. – 6 residential houses
University of Saskatchewan – Peter MacKinnon Building
University of Saskatchewan – President’s Residence
River Landing East Tower
River Landing Nutrien Tower
River Landing Plaza
Autism Services Saskatoon
Crocus Co-operative

Swift Current
Original Joe’s
Partners in Employment
Standard Motors
SARCAN Office
Bumper to Bumper
Mercator Financial

Weyburn
The Wor-Kin Shop

ALBERTA

Calgary
Calgary Tower
TELUS Spark Science Centre
Olympic Plaza
Arts Commons
Stephen Avenue Galleria Trees
Reconciliation Bridge
Jubilee Theatre

Edmonton
High Level Bridge
Canada Place

Jasper
Jasper Employment and Education Centre

Lacombe
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Lacombe Research and Development Centre

Lethbridge
City Hall

Lloydminster
Ability Development Services Employment Supports Building

Red Deer
City Hall

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Agassiz
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Agassiz Research and Development Centre

Chilliwack
Downtown businesses
Garrison Crossing businesses

Delta
Delta Police Dept. Community Police Office
Delta Community Living Society

Ladner
Camille’s Boutique
Pets N Us
Stir Coffee House
Hygge Bath
Save-on Foods

Langley
Inclusion Langley Society
This Is It Gifts
SpecialEyes Designer Eyewear
Midland Liquidators
Great Canadian Dollar Store
Brookswood McDonalds
Pet Fude
Solid Wood Furniture
Mac’s Framing
Kalamaki Greek Grill
The Hayloft Vintage Mall
Valley Natural Health Products
Dr. Urton
Langley Vision Care Centre
Red Velvet Café
M&M Meats
Kooben Café
The Local Space
Spent Grounds
Forever Yours Lingerie
Sticky’s Candy
Meridian Meats
Starbucks Fraser Crossing
Port Kells Nurseries
Friendz
A&W Murrayville

Nakusp
ASLCS–WorkBC Centre Nakusp (Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services)

Nanaimo
The Bastion

North Vancouver
North Shore Disability Resource Centre
City Hall
Susie Chant, MLA – North Vancouver Seymour Constituency Office

Summerland

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Summerland Research and Development Centre

Surrey
RCMP “E” Division Headquarters (Green Timbers)
Burnaby Fraser Valley Tax Services Office (9737–9755 King George Blvd.)

Vancouver
BC Place
Property 16596 (Formerly the Henry Herbert Stevens Building)
Vancouver City Hall
Burrard Street Bridge

Vanderhoof
Connexus Community Resources

Victoria
P.L. James Place

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Yellowknife
Greenstone Government of Canada Building

NUNAVUT

Iqaluit
City Hall (a qulliq being lit)

Mark your calendar now for Light It Up! For NDEAM 2022

Email us about Light It Up! For NDEAM

Plan to participate by lighting up your community purple and blue on Thursday, October 20, 2022!

Questions? Email us at lightitup@odenetwork.com