Persons with Disabilities

An accessible workplace makes us all stronger

You, our team and our business


A culture of Inclusion is the heart of our Global Community of Scotiabankers

At Scotiabank, we value the unique abilities each employee brings to the workplace and are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. Through our people and our practices, we are making Scotiabank – Canada’s international bank – a leader in the area of inclusion.

Your journey at Scotiabank starts here

Access Your Career

Access Your Career is designed for eligible candidates who would like to self-identify as a person with a disability in the recruitment process and explore potential opportunities.

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Hear from Scotiabankers

We asked Scotiabankers what they’d like people to know about their disability and they told us about their strengths and abilities.

Dave Dame,

Vice President, Digital Enterprise Agile Leader

I enable organizations through continuous learning to evolve a culture of change that promotes fearless delivery. And I have Cerebral Palsy, but it does not have me.”

Rylan Vroom

Web Accessibility Specialist

"I may be blind, but in all other respects I’m the same as you. I still watch TV, go to see movies, read and can do most everything you can."

Marlene Guzman Viñas

Administrative Officer, Human Resources

"My disability is real and I do have special needs (such as having to use a mobility aid), but this doesn’t prevent me from living a full life in all respects. Beyond the disability, there is a person, a colleague, a child, a father or mother."

Have questions?

Although participation in the Access Your Career program is voluntary, you must be a person with a disability in order to submit your resume through this option. Please use the definition below to ensure you are eligible and open to self-identifying as a person with a disability.

People with disabilities have one or more physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairments. A person with a disability may:

  • Consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment because of the impairment
  • Believe that an employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment because of the impairment
  • Have been accommodated in their current job or workplace
  • Not feel their disability requires accommodation in the workplace

Please complete the Technical Support Form if you experience technical issues while submitting your application. The information will help us troubleshoot your technical issue.

When you are contacted to arrange an interview or a job-skills assessment, advise the Scotiabank representative that you require accommodation. You are not required to disclose the nature of a disability or medical reason for the request. Scotiabank representatives will work with you to meet your needs. 

In collaboration with a Workplace Accommodation Specialist, and in accordance with Scotiabank’s Accommodation in the Workplace Policy, we will work together to determine your individual reasonable accommodation to meet the needs of your job.

Workplace support and accommodation at Scotiabank may include (but are not limited to):

  • Assistive technology
  • Job or workstation modifications
  • Flexible work arrangements to accommodate the scheduling needs of all employees
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – Comprised of Scotiabankers who share a common interest, background or goal, ERGs provide a way to connect with others, share experiences and discuss issues that are important to you
    • Scotiabank Diversability Alliance (SDA) is an ERG for employees who are passionate about championing a culture of inclusion for persons with disabilities at Scotiabank; its mission is to provide an environment where all Scotiabankers can connect, learn and develop to influence change and promote accessibility for the full participation of persons of all abilities at Scotiabank
    • Scotiabank Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH) promotes mental health as part of the corporate culture of Scotiabank, by challenging and eradicating stigma through increasing awareness and understanding; it strives to foster a community that offers support and advocacy for employees who are directly and indirectly touched by mental health issues, including addictions
  • Accessibility Portal – A single point of access for resources pertaining to assistive technology, accessibility and accommodation at Scotiabank
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program – Offering a wide range of services, from professional counselling to health assistance programs and clinical support to manage stress and challenges

In order to assist you, a few examples have been provided as a guide only. This is not a comprehensive listing:

  • Hearing – deaf; deafened; difficulty hearing, regardless of the severity of the hearing limitation
  • Seeing – visual impairment; total, partial or legal blindness; low vision; glaucoma
  • Mobility – physical use of an assistive device, such as a wheelchair or cane; difficulty moving or walking on flat surfaces, using stairs or standing as a result of conditions such as paralysis, amputation, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy
  • Developmental – cognitive limitation due to conditions such as autism, Down syndrome
  • Learning – difficulty learning due to conditions such as brain injury, dyslexia, attention deficit, hyperactivity
  • Mental health – limitations due to presence of emotional, psychological or psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia
  • Speech – mute; aphasia; difficulty speaking; difficulty being understood due to a speech impediment; stuttering; Tourette syndrome
  • Memory – limitations due to periods of confusion or difficulties remembering associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, brain injury, dementia, concussion
  • Pain – limitations due to long-term or recurrent pain
  • Flexibility – difficulty bending, reaching or moving due to conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, paralysis
  • Dexterity – difficulty using fingers to grasp or handle objects or using a keyboard due to conditions such as arthritis, paralysis, brain injury
  • Episodic – conditions that are recurrent resulting in periodic disability, such as migraines, autoimmune conditions, multiple sclerosis

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