Canadian Career Development Foundation


CCDF consults with organizations and governments to strengthen career development services and the profession.

We are currently working on the following projects:

An Atlantic Canada Competency Framework to Support Individuals to Navigate and Propel Learning, Work and Transitions through the Lifespan
Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET)

Through this project, CCDF is developing a tailored framework articulating the competencies required of Atlantic Canadians to successfully manage career transitions across the lifespan. The framework will identify the specific competencies needed by Atlantic students to effectively navigate their transitions from public education to post-secondary education and from public and post-secondary education to the labour market.

Strengthening Post-Secondary Transitions in the Atlantic Provinces
Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET)

In 2013, CAMET engaged CCDF to conduct an Environmental Scan of current career education strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across the Atlantic Provinces.  Based on this and a review of Canadian and international best practices, a series of recommendations were endorsed by the Atlantic Ministers, the first of which was to develop and publish a policy framework to underpin the implementation of those key recommendations.  In 2014, CCDF worked with CAMET to develop Future in Focus, an Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education: 2015-2020 (released June 2015). The scope of this work was limited to the role of public education in strengthening student transitions.  At the time, the CAMET Working Group and CCDF noted that a natural next step would be an extension of this work to focus specifically on strengthening post-secondary transitions.

This project extends Future in Focus by examining current strengths and gaps in the systems supporting public to post-secondary transitions.  Based on existing Atlantic assets and opportunities and national/international best practice, clear and concrete recommendations will be targeted to strengthen post-secondary uptake, retention and successful student transition beyond post-secondary to the labour market.

Launching Your Career – Community Workshops
RBC Royal Bank of Canada

A root of engagement is meeting people where they are – specifically connecting with them on the basis of their needs in their own communities.  RBC is hoping to do just that by reaching out to young clients with its Launching Your Career – Community Workshop Strategy to engage current PSE students and new PSE graduates in a career development process.  In fall 2017, RBC will pilot Launching Your Career Events at three on-campus branches.  CCDF has been asked to support RBC with this initiative.  Using elements of the Career Launch Playbook, CCDF is designing the workshops and training early career employees and experienced RBCers to facilitate the sessions.

Develop and Deliver of Training to Aboriginal Employment Training Officers
Joint Economic Development Initiative Inc. (JEDI)

CCDF is delivering competency-based career development training to Aboriginal Employment Training Officers across New Brunswick.

Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions
Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)

Aware of the importance of improving school-to-post-secondary education (PSE) and school/PSE-to-work transitions, the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) at its 105th meeting (July 2016) tasked their officials with drafting a student transitions reference framework.  CCDF was contracted to develop it.  In July 2017, CMEC endorsed the Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions. The Framework targets transitions from K-12 and from K-12/PSE to work.  At the heart of the document is the articulation of 11 Benchmarks for Good Practice in Student Transitions.  The Benchmarks were developed from international evidence-based research on the key elements and performance indicators that support strong student transitions.  CCDF also developed compendium tools to support the Framework’s implementation.  The Student Transition Benchmark Assessment Tool and the Student Transition Benchmark Action Plan Template to guide the assessment of current transition polices and programming, help jurisdictions to identify strengths and gaps and support them in setting priorities for action to ensure continued student transition to success.

Online Foundations Course
Government of New Brunswick and First Nations Education Initiative Incorporated (FNEII)

CCDF has developed a 3-hour online Career Development Foundations Course to extend the accessibility and reach of career development training to teachers, teacher assistance, support staff, employment counsellors and career development practitioners.  The initial course was piloted in the fall of 2014. Since then CCDF has also developed and delivered an online Ethics course.

2017 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

CCDF has been an active contributor in planning and facilitation of the 2017 Symposium.  For more information about the symposium, click here.

Delivery of Provincial Training Strategy (New Brunswick)
Government of New Brunswick

CCDF developed seven competency-based training courses and delivers them to career development practitioners across New Brunswick. A comprehensive needs assessment was conducted by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and  Labour, using the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Key competency gaps and priorities were identified and these shaped the course development. CCDF worked in close collaboration with the Canadian Research Working Group on Evidence-Based Practice to ensure evaluation was embedded throughout and a culture of evaluation is promoted. This training is the first program to be pre-approved as eligible for the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance’s new EVGP Certification. CCDF is currently engaged in a 3-year agreement (2010-2013) to continue to provide state-of-the-art training to front-line staff and managers.

Develop and Delivery of Training to Local Employment Officers
Kativik Regional Government

CCDF is delivering competency-based career development training to Local Employment Officers working across Nunavik.

ICCDPP: International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy

In addition to serving voluntarily on the Board of Directors, CCDF manages the administration and finances for ICCDPP.

Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD)

CCDF manages the 3CD, providing leadership and coordination for the Council.

IAEVG Administrative Centre
International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

CCDF serves as the Administrative Centre for the IAEVG, providing member services, financial systems and accountability.