Canadian Association for Supported Employment

CASE Partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

Committed to a Canada for All Canadians

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCOC) represents 200,000 businesses through its more than 400 Chamber Members distributed across the country.

The CCOC drives change, partners broadly, and champions the future of business success. Their vision is to build a Canada of thriving business opportunity, a strong economy, and a better life for all.

Logo: Canadian Chamber of Commerce/Chambre de Commerce du Canada. Backward yellow C on left, upside-down red C at top and green C at right form square to left of text.

A Model for Inclusion

To deliver on their mission, the CCOC is committed to inclusive growth and to enhancing support for their members to fill their talent gaps. A Canada for all Canadians increases opportunities for persons in underrepresented segments of the population to fully participate and thrive in the economy.

As a national model for an inclusive workplace, the CCOC strives to live by its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion value statement

  • They’ve implemented the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • Their headquarters achieved Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.
  • Women make up at least 40% of their leadership team and Board of Directors.
  • Their team is encouraged to bring their “whole selves” to work.

Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace fosters creative thinking, innovation and problem solving, providing organizations — and the country — a competitive advantage.

CASE Partnership

CASE is an active participant on the CCOC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, contributing to the acceptance and use of workforce development tools to reduce barriers for workers experiencing disability. 

Workplace inclusion can be strengthened by widely sharing tools, training, resources, and guidance through the CCOC’s expansive national network of employers and sectoral organizations. 

We look forward to building a reciprocal relationship with the CCOC—and to connecting with businesses across the country!

MentorAbility and Mentoring Promoted

We’re very pleased that MentorAbility and Mentoring Month were promoted by the CCOC through the following mention in their January 9 newsletter.

MentorAbility Canada Facilitates Recruitment and Inclusion

January is Mentoring Month, a good time to discuss a national mentoring initiative that facilitates both recruitment and disability inclusion. One of the top five challenges for more than one third of Canadian businesses in 2023 was recruiting and retaining skilled employees. Meanwhile, over 600,000 skilled working-age persons experiencing disability are ready to work. 

MentorAbility Canada is a national initiative of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) funded through the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. MentorAbility activities are facilitated by employment professionals with expertise in workplace disability inclusion. 

Learn more about MentorAbility Canada.