What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is an exemption or a modification to an employment practice or policy that allows the employee to fulfill the essential duties of his or her position and retain his employment.  

The types of accommodation one might be entitled to are not prescribed within the CHRA.  Every case must be looked at on an individual basis in order to assess which remedy would help rectify the negative impact brought on by the applicable employment practice or policy.  

Accommodation can take on a variety of forms.   Examples could include redistributing non-essential duties to another worker for a temporary period, reducing an employee´s work schedule, allowing the employee to telework, implementing a gradual return-to-work plan, providing a more quiet workspace or ergonomic equipment.