Innovation Lab

Why Do We Need Innovation?

Despite the great strides made to diversify the Canadian workforce in recent years, roughly half of Canadians who experience disability are still unemployed or underemployed. This represents tens of thousands of skilled, educated, and motivated potential employees whose talents are needed by employers from coast to coast.
There's a way to do it better - find it.
Thomas Edison

What is an Innovation Lab?

An innovation lab is a specialized team within an organization that openly collaborates with stakeholders to address systemic challenges.

CASE’s Innovation Lab was created in 2021 to support, promote, and share learnings from innovative collaborations with community organizations, to remove barriers to employment facing people experiencing disability and to strengthen the Canadian economy.

The CASE Innovation Lab has received a grant through the federal government’s Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP) to support up to 27 community organizations between now and the fall of 2024 to identify, support, test, and grow innovative solutions that facilitate the sustained and valued contributions persons experiencing disability can make to the Canadian economy.

Innovation Lab
Understanding the challenges and role of innovation
Identifying, assessing and picking the right innovation pilots and practices to test
Pilot the innovative practices, continually collecting data and reporting results
Assess the efficacy and effectiveness of each pilot
Promote, replicate and grow the successful approaches

Continuous Learning


Innovation Lab Collaborations

The CASE Innovation Lab has forged the first of many collaborative partnerships with the following inclusion champions:
we’re looking for collaborators to work with!

We invite you to share with us your transformative supportive employment project ideas – ideas that create opportunities, connect people, and crush the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in work and society.
A second Call for Proposals will take place in Spring 2023.

DEAM CASE Supported Employment

How Can I Get Involved?


First, if you’re new to supported employment and to CASE, please visit our About Us page for a general overview of the work that we do.

For a deeper dive into the world of supported employment, check out our Supported Employment Essentials online course.

Second, stay connected and get all the exciting Innovation Lab updates by:
Third, join our Innovation Lab Selection Committee! Leverage your supported employment sector expertise to help CASE select the projects that will be piloted through this exciting initiative.

We welcome selection committee members from across Canada and especially encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including but not limited to:

  • Persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples (First Nations including Status, Treaty or Non-Status, Metis, and Inuit)
  • Members of groups that experience systemic oppression and discrimination due to race, ancestry, gender, colour, sexual orientation, religion and/or spiritual belief, or place of origin
Apply Today!

Contact Us!

To learn more or ask any questions about the CASE Innovation Lab, please reach out to one of our team members:
Joy McKinnon Coordinator – Innovation Lab CASE
Joy McKinnon
Coordinator – Innovation Lab
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Shannon Johnson
MERL Specialist
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