The partnership will connect Microsoft to a vast pool of talent that exists in people with disabilities
For more than 25 years, Microsoft has been on a journey to empower over 1 billion people living with disabilities. From creating innovative technology solutions, bolstering recruitment and partnering with third party providers and partners to help make things possible, accessibility is a pivotal part of our culture and DNA.
To further our commitment to inclusion, Microsoft Canada is thrilled to announce its partnership with Lime Connect, a not-for-profit organization, representing a network of high potential university students and professionals who happen to have disabilities. With over 6,000 members in Canada, it will connect Microsoft to a pool of diverse talent. The partnership includes corporate recruitment receptions, thought leadership events, access to the Lime Network and Career Connect portal and disability-related education and training for hiring managers and recruitment team.
“Lime Connect is excited to expand our partnership with Microsoft across North America – adding Canada to our impactful, mutually-rewarding U.S. relationship, and strongly complementing our existing partner corporations. The career opportunities Microsoft offers will be extremely attractive to our Lime Network members, who currently number 6,000+ across the provinces. We look forward to facilitating these connections, and to supporting candidates, and Microsoft, to create long-term success in rebranding disability through achievement together.” Susan Lang, Lime Connect founding president/CEO.
“Microsoft holds itself to inclusivity, transparency, and accountability when it comes to accessibility. It is crucial to ensure the workplace is a place where everyone can thrive. Our partnership with Lime Connect will help us focus on creating accessible spaces, expanding our efforts to attract and retain diverse talent and ensuring strong global disability representation.” – Carolyn Byer, Director HR, Microsoft Canada.
While there is still work to be done, people with disabilities are preparing for an increasingly digital job market. Microsoft recently announced a new five-year commitment to help bridge the “Disability Divide” – the gap in societal inclusion for people with disabilities globally, by investing in accessible technology, talent development and doubling down on our promise to build and model inclusive workplaces. This new technology led approach is key for talent development, workplace culture, and accessible technology.
Learn more about our 5-year commitment here.