Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get help to pay for training or courses?
A: It depends on the type of training. If it is a college program, we can help you to apply for a training subsidy. Unfortunately, subsidies are not available for short-term courses.
Q: My boss is telling me he may let me go because my hearing has worsened. Can he do that?
A: No. You are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Employers are required to provide accommodations for persons with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential duties of the job.
Q: How can I afford the hearing aids or communication devices I need if I'm not working?
A: Ensuring your accommodation needs are met BEFORE you engage or re-enter the workforce is important. We can work with you to identify your needs, and assist you with the selection and application processes. We provide assistance to access funds through a variety of sources like OW, ODSP, Service Canada or local community groups.
Q: Do you have a list of employers ready and willing to hire someone with hearing loss?
A: Each CHS office has access to different resources and we work hard to establish partnerships with employers in the community and develop a database of this information. Our job developers and consultants invest a great deal of effort to ensure that the employer hiring you understands everyone's rights, responsibilities and accessibility issues.