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Flexible Arrangements

Many workplaces and schools offer flexible or gradual work arrangements that can support you during treatment or illness. This will depend on your job or program. Under Canadian human rights legislation, an employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate a person’s impairment or disability unless that employer can prove it is unreasonable to do so (e.g. extreme cost that goes beyond the capacity of the business/school). The purpose of work and school accommodations is to ensure that you can complete tasks in a safe and productive manner. Examples of these arrangements are:

  • Slow or graduated return to work/school (e.g. part-time to full time hours)
  • Flexible work arrangements (e.g. work from home, varied hours)
  • Modified work environment (e.g. lighting, desk set up, seating, noise)
  • Assistive technology (e.g. headset, voice memo reminders)
  • Change in job tasks (e.g. removal of heavy lifting)



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