1. Accessibility Directorate
  2. Employment Standard Development Committee

Call for members: Employment Standard Development Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Board is seeking members for the Employment Standard Development Committee. This committee is responsible for making recommendations on a proposed standard to prevent and remove barriers to employment for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons.

The Employment Standard Development Committee will be responsible for helping the Accessibility Advisory Board make recommendations to the Minister of Justice on creating and implementing a proposed standard for employment.

The goal of the employment standard is to make sure that persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons have equitable access to employment. The standards will help them find, maintain and advance in meaningful employment.


The committee will be made up of 10 to 20 members, including a chair and vice-chair. Members are appointed by the Minister of Justice upon recommendation by the Accessibility Advisory Board.

The committee must include:

  • persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons with subject matter experience or expertise, or representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons (half of committee membership)
  • representatives of organizations and types of organizations likely to be affected by the standard
  • representatives from government departments that have responsibilities related to the standard being developed

Members of the Accessibility Advisory Board can join the Standard Development Committee.


Committee members will be compensated for attending meetings:

  • Members: $100 per meeting, plus expenses
  • Vice-Chair: $150 per meeting, plus expenses
  • Chair: $200 per meeting, plus expenses

Government of Nova Scotia employees who serve on the committee are not eligible for compensation.

Committee members are also reimbursed for travel and other expenses (including a support person stipend) associated with attending meetings, following the Government of Nova Scotia Travel Policy.

Member terms

Member terms are 3 years.

Meeting location and frequency

Meetings will be held in person (in Halifax) or virtually every 6 to 8 weeks, as scheduled by the chair. Members will have the option of attending all meetings virtually. The frequency of meetings may vary depending on work volume and timelines.

Members will also be expected to do work outside of meetings.

Member qualifications

The Accessibility Advisory Board recognizes the full range of disabilities and the diverse ways that other identities and life circumstances and experiences intersect with disability to create accessibility barriers.

Because of this, the Board is seeking applications from a diverse range of Nova Scotians to serve on the Employment Standard Development Committee. This includes young persons (35 and under), African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, persons from the 2SLGBTIQA+ community and Indigenous persons.

In your application, you must outline experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons who have lived experience related to labour force participation including:   
    • persons who are unemployed (those without work, are available to work, and are actively seeking work) or persons who are underemployed due to employment accessibility barriers
    • persons who are employed in an inclusive and accessible workplace
    • persons who have experience or expertise in workplace supports or services to improve accessibility—this may include assistive devices, the role of personal support workers and other persons who provide accessibility in the workplace, and service animals in the workplace
  • demonstrated leadership in, knowledge of and commitment to preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons
  • demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • recruitment and retention
    • employment supports and services
    • career development training and internal advancement
    • career planning, job search and on-the-job development
    • performance management
    • return-to-work processes
    • labour standards
    • employment equity

Members should also have the following qualities: 

First voice / human rights lens

  • recognizing persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons as experts in accessibility
  • recognizing the value of lived experience (first voice)
  • recognizing and promoting accessibility as a fundamental human right

Passion and commitment

  • passion and commitment to accessibility and the importance of preventing and removing employment barriers for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons across Nova Scotia

Eagerness to participate and willingness to learn

  • eagerness to participate during committee meetings and willingness to prepare ahead of meetings
  • willingness to contribute your own perspective (lived and learned expertise and experience) and be open to new ideas and different ways of thinking about things


  • willingness to learn from others on the committee and to make decisions in collaboration with other committee members


  • respect for diverse perspectives on issues
  • ability to discuss difficult issues in a respectful manner

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Email your completed application form to accessibility@novascotia.ca.

You can also submit your resume with your application, but you don’t have to.

The deadline to submit your application is 20 August 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Apply for Employment Standard Development Committee (PDF 647 kB)

Contact us

If you have questions or want to submit your application in an alternate format, contact the Accessibility Directorate.


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