The MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work

The first innovation challenge in this series seeks solutions to support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities.

Challenge Description

The first innovation challenge seeks solutions that support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities. Priority areas identified by the disability community in this area include bias, disclosure of disability, and the limitations of a “one-size-fits-all” recruitment process.

Who Should Participate?

We’re looking for individuals, groups and organizations with a solution to make finding meaningful employment more accessible to persons with disabilities. We welcome solutions from people with lived experience across the disability spectrum, startups, non-profits, academics and students, private and public sector organizations and the general public.


Five winners will be awarded the following prizes:

    A first place prize of $50,000
    2 runner-up prizes of $20,000
    2 honourable mention prizes of $5,000
    In-kind support provided by MaRS and CIBC including access to scaling pathways and adoption-oriented activities.

Click here for Challenge Rules

What’s Happening Now?

    The challenge is now open for submissions
    Submissions close June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Apply today!