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 2019 edition will be organized jointly with local host SPHERE. (Support for People with a Handicap Exploring the Road to Employment)

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.  

“A Changing Society: Seizing Opportunities, Enhancing Possibilities” is the title of the 24th National Supported Employment Conference presented by the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE). The 2019 edition will be organized jointly with local host SPHERE (Support for People with a Handicap Exploring the Road to Employment). The conference will take place in the very lively city of Montreal  ̶  the first time it’s held in Quebec and fully bilingual, from June 11th-13th. 

 “A Changing Society: Seizing Opportunities, Enhancing Possibilities”

Economy, research, technologies, medias, social movements: we live in a time of rapid change. Should we view this phenomenon a challenge, or as its opposite, an incredible opportunity? After all, thanks to information technology, aren’t we more connected than ever, with access to a stupendous amount of knowledge? Don’t we now have a greater capacity to better understand the world around us, as well as each individual’s reality? Aren’t we living in an economic context where employers must remain open to these realities to insure profitability? Aren’t we the witnesses of social movements that are shattering stereotypes and categorization and put the focus on similarities instead of differences? Rediscover how to take advantage of these opportunities and enhance possibilities for supported employment.


The 24th National Supported Employment Conference will gather 250 delegates from the private and public sectors, as well as community-based organizations from all provinces and territories, with higher Quebec participation. 

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 250 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 2019, CASE will work with SPHERE (Support for People with a Handicap Exploring the Road to Employment), a pan-Canadian organization with its head office in the province of Quebec.


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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. 

SPHERE is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to foster labour market integration of people in a situation of professional disability, as a result of a particular physical, mental or intellectual condition. For the past 20 years, it has supported the work integration of more than 12,500 people with the help of dedicated partners and employers. SPHERE’s Web-based initiative, “WORK and Abilities”, features hundreds of professionals interested in the field in a virtual community of interest, for the benefit of their clients, community and the local economy.