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Services for Employers

We can help you find qualified candidates for job opportunities in your organization and help you implement strategies to make your workplace accessible to employees and consumers

What we offer

Most of our services are free of charge to employers looking for qualified staff and are available at 15 CHS locations across Ontario. Employment Services at CHS is the largest service of its kind in Ontario, we have many years of experience and many partnerships with employers province-wide. Services offered vary at each location. Contact your local CHS office for more information.

Job placement services

  • pre-screening and interviewing of candidates and referral of qualified candidates
  • a selection of skilled, motivated candidates
  • arrangements for unpaid work experience job trials or wage subsidies, when applicable
  • transitional employment support services such as interpreting services for interviews and job training

Workplace accessibility and accommodation

  • assessment of workplace accommodation needs for Deaf and hard of hearing employees (fee for service)
  • workplace accessibility strategies to remove communication barriers
  • employer/employee communication strategies
  • information on reasonable accommodation guidelines for Deaf and hard of hearing candidates and employees
  • awareness training for employees and management (fee for service)

Real world example: The hospitality sector

CHS recently partnered with the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (OHRMA) to introduce industry stakeholders to a new pool of employees and potential customers - people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more about the CHS-ORHMA Project.  

Communication strategies

Our Employment Services consultants will provide you with a variety of strategies to help you and your staff effectively communicate with an employees who is Deaf or hard of hearing.

An interpreter may be needed for Deaf individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL) or la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).  Written notes, gestures, visual aids, demonstrating what you want done, and communication devices are also effective.

Learn more about communication strategies in our Accessibility Guide to Businesses & Service Providers, a free guide published by CHS as well as the Breaking the Sound Barrier: Employing People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.

Benefits of hiring people with hearing loss

  • They have the same potential and abilities as hearing people.
  • They have a variety of skills and backgrounds ranging from technical training to professional degrees.
  • It can reflect positively on your organization or business.
  • You’ll enhance your customer service through increased accessibility.

Why choose Employment Services at CHS?

  • There are no placement fees. Your company can seek out candidates at no cost.
  • There’s no need to advertise job openings, saving you time and money.
  • We’ll meet your employment needs with a wide selection of qualified candidates.
  • We provide subsidized placements.
  • We offer job trials so you can orient and evaluate the candidate’s performance, at no cost.

Communication tips

There are a wide variety of approaches, techniques and technology to choose from that can help you and your employees communicate with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. You can communicate effectively, just in a different way. Learn some simple communication tips.


This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. 

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