CIBC is recognising Global Accessibility Awareness Day as an opportunity to help raise awareness about inclusive design. Specifically, it promotes belonging for people living with disabilities worldwide.

“The pandemic has created unique challenges and opportunities for people who live with disability. We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to position the focus of our economic recovery on harnessing all of our human capital,” says Andrea Nalyzyty, Senior Vice-President and Chair of CIBC’s Accessibility Action Committee.

Moreover, CIBC also marks the unveiling of the four focus areas of the MaRS-CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge. This launched in December 2020 and aims to remove barriers to employment faced by Canadians who live with disability.

Core areas of the MaRS-CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge

  • 1: Access to work
  • 2: Support at work
  • 3: Career advancement
  • 4: The future of work

Further details about the MaRS-CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge can be found here.

“We’re focused on continuing to level the playing field. We are removing barriers to ensure our team members, clients and community members can all excel and achieve their ambitions.  Making change happen takes action – not words. We’re committed to affecting meaningful change in our business and the communities around us by fully embracing and promoting inclusion,” adds Nalyzyty.

Notable CIBC Accessibility Awareness, inclusivity initiatives

  • Supporting the next generation of leaders and changemakers in the disability community. This remains an investment focus for the bank. In 2020, CIBC contributed more than C$2M to charities and not-for-profits across Canada that support the ambitions of the disability community through scholarships, skills development and mentorship.
  • At the same time, the bank remains the exclusive financial institution sponsor of Magnusmode and its app, MagnusCards. This helps to create independence for families living with neurodiversity.
  • CIBC is sponsoring the Nina Haggerty Centre’s virtual art exhibition in celebration of National AccessAbility Week.

External job hires: 8-9% persons with disabilities

CIBC is continuing its annual commitment to ensure 8% to 9% of external hires are persons with disabilities. In addition, the bank partners with organisations like Specialisterne, Lime Connect and Npower. This helps expand networks, diversify the bank’s talent pipeline and connect persons with disabilities across Canada with career opportunities.

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