The Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) annual national conference – Canada's largest and leading-edge professional development and networking event around employment inclusion for people with disabilities. The 2020 edition will be organized jointly with local host MSEN. (Manitoba Supported Employment Network)

What is supported employment?

Supported employment is a person-centered approach to assisting individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain integrated competitive paid employment. It works by the job seeker receiving individualized help from a support person to achieve successful employment. The job seeker, support person and employer form a partnership to match the needs of the employer with the skills of the job seeker and to assist in the job seeker’s career enhancement and long-term satisfaction, for both the job seeker and employer.

Conference Overview

The National Supported Employment Conference is the largest Canadian event focusing on supported employment. The conference is a unique forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to supported employment (from both human resources and employment support points of view), to examine current trends, to learn about specific disabilities and available accommodation methods, as well as to share creative ideas and best practices.  

“Putting Employment First” is the title of the 25th National Supported Employment Conference presented by the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE). The 2020 edition will be organized jointly with local host MSEN (Manitoba Supported Employment Network). The conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from June 9th-11th. 



The 25th National Supported Employment Conference will gather 400 delegates from the private and public sectors, as well as community-based organizations from all provinces and territories. 

Delegates typically come from the following groups, interested in or invested in the field of supported employment:

• Employment Counsellors and Case Managers, from the public, private and non-profit sectors;

• Employers with a provincial or national presence wishing to learn more about supported employment and the return they can expect from it;

• Managers and representatives from various organizations, from the public, private and non-profit sectors; 

• Business associations and sector council representatives;

• Human Resource Professionals, Guidance Counsellors, and more widely all Career Development Professionals or students in the field;

• Labour unions representatives; 

• Managers and representatives in the education and training fields;

• Managers and representatives from government or public service providers — federal, provincial and municipal. 

Of the 400 expected delegates coming from all over Canada, we estimate that 25% will be from the business sector and 75% will consist of the supported employment related fields.


Each year, the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) teams up with one of its local members to organize the annual conference. In 2020, CASE will work with MSEN (Manitoba Supported Employment Network).

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CASE is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders working towards the Employment Inclusion of people with disabilities. This association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Through such workforce participation, CASE also promotes social inclusion for Canadians with disabilities. 

The Manitoba Supported Employment Network (MSEN) is a professional network of individuals and organizations invested in employment and full community inclusion for people who live with a disability.

Its membership represents agencies, practitioners, policy makers, consumer organizations, school divisions, consumers and their families.

Our vision is that all Manitobans living with a disability have equal opportunity to secure and sustain meaningful employment.