Canadian Career Development Foundation

Building for the Future: Endowment Fund

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) sponsors an endowment program which promotes innovation in the field of career development. Up to $3,500 may be awarded annually to support the development and delivery of creative and practical approaches to training and practice. The deadline for submissions is October 31. Please use this Application Form to construct your proposal. There is no provision for completing and submitting your proposal online.

Past Projects
IVIRTIVIK – Study to develop an employability intervention for Inuit clients
Regroupement québécois des organismes pour le développement de l’employabilité (RQuODE)

Since 2013 Regroupement québécois des organismes pour le développement de l’employabilité (RQuODE) has been engaged in research to help Inuit adults, particularly in Montreal and Nunavik, Northern Quebec find employment. Funded in part by the Canadian Career Development Foundation and Kativik Regional Government, the study’s first phase, titled “Recherche d’indicateurs pour créer une intervention en employabilité originale, adaptée à la clientèle inuit“, documented specific culturally-based employability interventions for Inuit clients. A literature review and twenty-six semi-structured interviews identified five foundational elements of Inuit culture: cultural identity and self-concept, beliefs and values, social dynamics and networks, communication styles, and learning methods. The second phase of the project will develop a customized reference guide for career development practitioners working with Inuit clientele.

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So You Want To Be A Case Manager: A Career Practitioner’s Toolkit
Life Strategies Ltd.

This toolkit:

  • Provides a topical backgrounder setting the scene for case management within the career development sector;
  • Explores case management best practices to support the development of efficient/effective client services;
  • Better equips Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) to practice as case managers;
  • Fills identified training gaps through freely available self-study materials and job aids.

The target population for this project is Canadian CDPs who, in turn, serve a full range of diverse clients including youth, older workers, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and members of Aboriginal communities. Although many case managers work within government-funded employment centres, this toolkit would also benefit case managers in other career/employment service settings. CDPs working internationally and case managers working in related sectors may also benefit.

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Where’s the Work: Helping Career Practitioners Explore Their Career Options
Life Strategies

The objective of the project was to provide career practitioners with a better sense of where work exists for them, beyond government contracts. To support the real need for quick and affordable professional development, project materials included a series of webinars and a supporting handbook using case examples to bring to life the diversity of work options available to career practitioners.

Managing Diversity at Work E-Course
Life Strategies

This project developed an online course for career practitioners, career development service providers, and human resource professionals to help them work effectively with employers to enhance their cultural diversity awareness and support them to avoid discrimination in the workplace.

Career Coaching Across the Curriculum: Integrating Career Development in Classroom Instruction
University of Lethbridge
This project integrated Career Development into teacher training by giving student teachers the opportunity to take a new elective course entitled Integrating Career Development Strategies into Classroom Instruction. Following the completion of the course, students were given the opportunity to function as interns in various schools throughout southern Alberta where they had the opportunity to transmit the knowledge, skills, attributes they acquired in the elective course to their students through specialized curriculum.
Credentialing Across Canada: Valuing the Career Development Sector
Career Management Association of BC

This project held consultations and dialogues with other provinces on the credentialing of the career development practitioner within their province.

Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing
Opportunities for Employment Manitoba

A project to apply the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model and Motivational Interviewing to address the specific motivation and needs of job seekers at various stages of change.

Start Smart
Fanshawe College, Ontario

A program that combines literacy development with career development for both parent and child.

Mobile Employment Resource Centre
Les enterprises ROPA, New Brunswick

A mobile employment resource unit that travels to small communities in the Chaleur Region of northeast New Brunswick. It provides career and employment services to communities who have limited or no access to employment centres.

Club Horizon
Horizon School Division, Saskatchewan

An adventure career counselling club for high school students. Students apply career related knowledge to concrete and experiential ventures.

Seine River Project
Career Trek, Manitoba

A project that introduces at-risk youth (10-12 years) from urban and rural communities to post-secondary settings through an individually-tailored, 20-week learning program. The project seeks to give youth hope, a belief in themselves and their futures and the educational confidence with which to embrace lifelong learning.