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Approaching your employer

If you have dementia, you may want to tell your employer. Your employer may assume you aren’t capable of fulfilling work responsibilities.  This might not be the case:

  • You may have valuable knowledge and skills.
  • You may have applicable rights under the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code and Workers’ Insurance Act.
  • Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, your employer may adjust your role

You can disclose your condition to your employer to:

  • Avoid waiting for declining job performance
  • Show you have the company’s interests at heart
  • Avoid future misunderstandings
  • Activate health benefits
  • Leverage company assistance in planning for retirement

Prepare for a meeting with your employer to help ensure its success. When approaching your boss:

  • Be prepared to discuss your capabilities.
  • Be prepared to explain your challenges and limitations.
  • Bring a list of proposed accommodations.
  • You may want to discuss leave of absence options.
  • Remind your employer of their legal obligations
  • Learn about the disease. Your local Alzheimer Society can help.
  • Consider other positions in the company better suited to your current abilities.

    It is important to recognize the company’s obligations to you under:

    • The Employment Standards Act
    • The Human Rights Code 
    • The Workers’ Insurance Act
    • The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act 
    • Your collective agreement, if you have one

    You should also take advantage of employee benefits for which you are eligible.


    Last Updated: 11/08/2017