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:

Improving the School-to-Work Transitions of Youth in Canada

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) undertook this scoping review to examine how to support better school-to-work transitions for youth – those who had left school prior to graduation, who went directly to the labour market after high school graduation and those who had graduated from a PSE program. The main objectives of this project were to identify what is needed to improve school-to-work transitions of Canadian youth and identify research/programming/policy gaps for future project considerations.

Through this project, CCDF’s undertook four main methods of inquiry to build this scoping review (Scoping Review Report):

  • The formation of a 12-member cross-sectoral Advisory Committee (AC) of key stakeholder representatives who advised both on the development of the project and provided input on the research, potential hypotheses, literature sources, and key informant contacts;
  • A literature scan of Canadian and international research related to school-to-work transitions (Literature Scan);
  • A survey of stakeholders (n=141) to identify the main factors contributing to poor school-to-work transitions of Canadian youth, promising practice and the identification of champions working to create bridges for better transitions for a range of youth (Survey Report); and
  • Interviews of 11 key informants that served as a final check on the findings from the other methods of inquiry listed above (Key Informant Interview Report).
Future in Focus – Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education: 2015 – 2020
Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training

The Council of Atlantic Ministers in Education and Training (CAMET) in 2014 came together to strengthen career education and service across the Atlantic region.  During the first phase of this project, CCDF completed a research report, Career Education in Atlantic Canada: Research and Recommendations, which looked at socio-economic imperatives for action in the area of career development, an environmental scan of successful programs, a compilation of international best practices and recommendations for action. CCDF was then contracted to build on their report to develop an Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education for the Atlantic provinces.  Future in Focus - Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education: 2015-2020 was developed through the collaborative efforts of the CAMET, Public Education and Post-Secondary Standing Committees.  The framework lays the foundation for provinces to support age-appropriate classroom-based career education, experiential exploration of post-secondary and work options, timely career and labour market information, and training for educators, including teachers, guidance counsellors and school administrators. It builds on the best career development practice data from each Atlantic Province and from around the world.

Building a Career Development Training Foundation
Health and Social Services, Yukon Government

CCDF delivered a foundational training course in career development for the Yukon Government’s Social Assistance Case Managers in order to establish a common vision and vocabulary. The session included a needs assessment to inform the development of a full training strategy.

Prove It Works – Common Indicator Project, Part 2
Governments of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick

The Common Indicators project is an evidence- based research project examines what changes clients experience as a result of career and employment programs and services and uncovers what sorts of interventions, delivered under what circumstances, work best with what kinds of clients. CCDF completed Phase 1 of this project in early 2014.  The first phase pilot tested a new data collection system and validated a set of “common indicators” of client progress and change.  A Feasibility Study for Phase 2 was completed in June 2014 and CCDF, along with New Brunswick and Saskatchewan partners, is now working to refine the data collection system based on findings in Phase 1.  Extended data collection, analysis and reporting will follow.

PEI Teacher Training
Government of PEI

CCDF is working with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, school boards and other provincial partners to provide targeted career development training to teachers, counsellors and educational leaders in the province to support their Student Graduation and Transition Planner initiative.

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

CCDF is developing 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 will be piloted in the fall of 2014 with goal of making the course widely available in the winter of 2015.

Pre-Employability Service (PES) Modules
Government of New Brunswick

CCDF is developing two modules targeted to adult clients with pre-employability needs.  The first module is focused on supporting and motivating clients in a change process and the second is focused on acquiring the skill/attitudes needed to move to career exploration.  In this project, CCDF is also training the deliverers of the modules to prepare them to deliver them effectively to clients.

Career Development Practitioners Training Program
Cree Human Resources Development and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue Continuing Education Services

The goal of this project is to provide, through the pilot partnership between Cree Human Resources Development (CHRD), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Continuing Education Services and CCDF, the development and delivery of a 10 course Career Development Practitioner Training Program for CHRD service staff.

Career Development Practitioner Program at Nunavut Arctic College
Government of Nunavut, Department of Education and Nunavut Arctic College

CCDF is delivering a Career Development Practitioner Certificate Program. It is initially being delivered to the Career Development Officers and a second intake of the program has commenced with other service providers.

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.

2015 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

CCDF has been an active contributor in planning the 2015 Symposium and, in its capacity as Chair of the CCCD, has been formally asked to lead the Canadian Team.  For more information about the symposium, click here.

Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD)

CCDF chairs the Steering Committee of CCCD, 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.

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.