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Lorraine Godden
Assistant Professor
Queen’s and Yorkville Universities

May 2021 Canada Report

Covid-19 Related News

Covid-19 continues to significantly impact life in Canada. Spring 2021 has seen a surge in numbers again that has let to various periods of shut-down across different provinces and territories. Most children are still attending school, but under specific conditions, and some students remain at home working remotely. Many colleges and universities are continuing to operate remotely, students are reporting anxiety and stress and institutions are stretched in providing additional and much-needed supports.

CERIC has published some survey results of the impact of Covid-19 on the career development field across Canada. They can be found here.

Career Development Related News

Future Skills Centre: Current Initiatives

The Future Skills Centre has made a significant $32m investment in 64 funded projects explore ways that evolving or emerging sectors and technologies can support workers displaced from socio-economic shocks as well as strengthening the economy of tomorrow.  As Canada faces the reality of an extended recovery period for many sectors and populations, the launch of these projects will explore emerging opportunities to support longer term views for skills and employment development.  By testing real world solutions, the projects aim to help workers — especially those facing multiple barriers to full employment – in acquiring the skills they need to thrive despite changes in the workforce.


The Conference Board of Canada and the Future Skills Centre are excited to launch a free online tool designed to help jobseekers, job placement professionals, and employers quickly and easily explore viable career transition pathways. This is a response to how Canada’s job market has experienced unprecedented, accelerated change in the past few years due to a number of factors, including rapid technological innovations and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many Canadians are looking to transition to new career paths in search of desirable long-term employment, and employers are looking for innovative solutions to HR challenges.


Post-secondary students throughout Canada will have access to new, innovative work-integrated learning opportunities thanks to a strong partnership between the Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada. The partnership includes $16.3 million, funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program to CEWIL to fund grants that will enable the creation of curricular work-integrated learning (WIL) focusing primarily on applied research/industry projects, entrepreneurial WIL, field placements, and service-learning WIL. CEWIL is accepting proposals for 8150 WIL experiences through its new CEWIL Innovation Hub (iHUB), a centre of expertise that supports the advancement, innovation and access to WIL while ensuring projects are delivered with appropriate quality and learning standards for students.

All projects funded and overseen by iHUB will address one or more of the following key outcomes:

  • Expanding access to WIL opportunities, particularly for under-represented students;
  • Removing barriers for students to participate in work-integrated learning;
  • Leveraging technology to enhance programming or extend access, including the use of technology to support virtual or remote WIL experiences in response to COVID-19;
  • Innovating work-integrated learning through new partnerships and new models for curricular WIL.

Cannexus 22

The call is out for proposals for Cannexus 22 – proposals are due by June 3, 2021. The conference will be of hybrid format, with some content online and some face-to-face.

Resources from CERIC

Latest career development news can be found in Careerwise and Careering – both publications from CERIC and available for free download here…

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October 2020 Canada Report

Career Development News

Cannexus 21: Career Development for the Public Good is taking place over 25 & 26 of January and 1 & 3 February. The program has been announced and is rich and varied, and promises to ensure that Cannexus remains Canada’s most popular development conference. Registrations are at very healthy levels, and indicated a much wider geographic spread of attendees. You can register at

The fall issue of Careering is out and features articles that highlight career superpowers, and is available from The winter 21 issue will have the theme social justice

The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) holds its annual conference virtually on November 16 and November 20 with themes on Campus Engagement, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Experiential Learning, Our Virtual Reality, and Investing in your Talent Equity. Registration is still available at

Canada Career Month takes place annually in November. Each November, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast celebrate the importance of accessing meaningful work and all those that help in connecting Canadian with their preferred futures. Canada Career Month works to advance the agenda of improving access to career services and education so that all Canadians are better prepared to develop their careers and transition into the emergent labour market. This year’s theme is On the Move: Stories of Career Resiliency and the 3CD have produced a great visual featuring “eight ways career development gets you going” available at A number of career development resources including infographics, videos etc. are available at

The Future Skills Centre (Federal Government funded)  has been investing heavily in innovative and community-based programs that aim to find solutions for Canada’s changing workforce needs. A summary of some of the projects funded to date is now available at with a heavy focus on disadvantaged and under-represented groups. The focus includes leveraging people and AI technology, to training, reskilling, and adapting within industries facing chronic skills shortages, to radical new approaches to training and learning in order to build capacity to creating an inclusive workforce for the future by not leaving anyone behind.

COVID-19 and related employment updates

Many provinces are now experiencing rising numbers again with COVID-19. Canada has now had over 222,000 cases and just over 10,000 deaths, with the most cases reported in Quebec, followed by Ontario, Alberta, and BC.

The general unemployment fell to 10.2% in August after reaching 13.7% in May, the highest rate since comparable available data in 1976. Youth unemployment dropped to 18.9% in September after an all-time high of 29.4% in May. Previously youth unemployment was fairy steady at around 14% (Statistics Canada, 2020)

The Government of Canada continues to offer financial relief to those impacted most significantly by COVID-19, including (i) a Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, for workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support; (ii) a Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19; and (iii) a Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or a family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine.

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July 2020 Country report

  • Many provinces are moving forward with opening up strategies as COVID-19 numbers hold steady and/or decline. The general unemployment fell to 12.3% in June after reaching 13.7% in May, the highest rate since comparable available data in 1976. Youth unemployment dropped to 27.5% in June after an all-time high of 29.4% in May. Previously youth unemployment was fairy steady at around 14% (Statistics Canada, 2020)
  • The gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the re-opening of the economy presents both opportunities and challenges for employers and workers. For employers, this includes adapting workplaces while adjusting to disruptions in global supply chains and uncertainties in consumer demand. For workers, the challenges vary, from returning to a previous employer, to looking for a new job, adapting to new ways of working, or making child care arrangements.
  • Data is confirming that more women than men have lost jobs in Canada (1.5m jobs lost over March/April 2020), women make up approximately 40% of household income and there is concern about the longer term impact of this situation.
  • COVID-19 has exposed social inequities – more women are employed in marginal jobs, they tend to earn less, and represent the vast majority of health care, child care, and elder care workers.
  • Many universities and colleges across the nation are planning for a fully-online or blended approach for the Fall 2020 term. Some institutions are beginning to announce that the entire academic year 2020/2021 will be at least partially online.
  • Planning is underway across provinces and territories for a return to K-12 schools in the fall, but as yet it is not clear whether students will attend schools on a full-time basis, how much programming may be switched to an online model. As more and more businesses begin to open up, this is causing longer-term childcare concerns.
  • The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), CERIC, and Challenge Factory published a joint letter on June 19 in response to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s statement on June 9, 2020, about getting Canadians back to work in a coordinated and strategic way.
  • Despite vast and ongoing challenges of the current global pandemic, Canada’s career and employment services are showing remarkable resilience and innovation. By leveraging technology, 89% are reporting they are delivering programs and services remotely. These findings come from the new CERIC Recovery Pulse Survey, which gathered input on the impact of COVID-19 on career services across the country. A total of 1,146 career development professionals responded to the survey between June 4 and 12.

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April 2020 Country report


At federal level, actions being taken to respond to COVID-19 dominate. All sectors of society are impacted significantly.

  • Most provinces and territories have states of emergency in place either provincially or locally within provinces.

  • Schools, universities, colleges, and many workplaces are closed. 

  • Workplaces deemed to supply essential services or products are open with restricted hours and ways of doing business (predominantly online). 

  • Most educational institutions have moved delivery of classes and courses online – with significant impact on ways of teaching and learning. 

  • The federal government has instigated emergency funding packages to those who have lost jobs or who are temporarily unable to work. Long term and far reaching economic implications are expected.

We are starting to see responses to the COVID-19 from our sector as the conversation turns to the role of career development in supporting citizens once we begin to emerge from this international pandemic...

  • The Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) has published an annotated bibliography synthesizing the latest research findings related to COVID-19:

  • The Canadian Career Development Foundation will be launching resources soon – keep an eye on the website for more details:

  • CERIC has sourced a variety of resources to support career professionals navigating COVID-19

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November 2019 Country report

The big news from Canada is that we are in the midst of “Canada Career Month

Every year, for the entire month of November, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast celebrate the importance of accessing meaningful work and all those that help us in connecting with our preferred futures. Canada Career Month works to advance the agenda of improving access to career services and education so that all Canadians are better prepared to develop their careers and transition into the emergent labour market.

It is a time when all of us who work in career development related roles attempt to educate about, advocate for, and promote career development to all Canadians. We do this through a range of promotional events across Canada including:

       Celebration events in schools, colleges, and university campuses

       Information sessions in libraries, employment centres, career associations

       Appearances on local and provincial TV and radio

       A conference in New Brunswick

       A series of webinars made available to wider public through some libraries

This momentous focus on career development is organized and coordinated by The Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD), which is a self-initiated and self-funded umbrella group for career development associations and related partner groups from across Canada. 3CD provides a national advocacy voice for the career development field and promotes provincial/territorial collaboration on common issues such as standards, competencies, training, quality, certification, practitioner mobility, and the evidence base.

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Federal (National)
by Lorraine Godden

1. The New CDP Competency Framework

Work is continuing on developing an updated and revised competency framework. This is a Federal Government funded initiative, being led by the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) in partnership with the Canadian Career Development Association (CCDF). Currently different stakeholders are being invited to provide feedback on the draft revised framework. Full project details can be found here:

2. The Future Skills Centre - Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF)

The FSC-CCF is a Federally funded centre for research and collaboration that is governed by a consortium of partners. It was launched in early 2018 and has already funded a number of projects that are now underway. It focuses on four pillars: Stakeholder Network; Research; Innovation Projects; and Knowledge Mobilization. Please see FSC-CCF funded 10 projects in June 2019 totalling $7.65M CAD and has just put out a call for proposals on August 14 to help strengthen Canada’s Skills Development Ecosystem with an investment of $36M CAD.

3. Cannexus20

Planning for Cannexus20, Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference is underway. Eight Mega Presenters have been announced, and key note speakers are Tristram Hooley (UK), Natan Obed (Canada’s National Inuit Leader), and Zita Cobb (CEO). Over 1200 delegates are expected to attend.


CERIC launched Career Theories and Models at Work edited by Nancy Arthur, Roberta Neault, and Mary McMahon at Cannexus19. The book has been well received across our sector and can be ordered at

5. Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)

Two reports have recently been released: LMIC Annotated Bibliography/Future of Work which can be found at the LMI Insights Towards a Systems Framework for Technology and the Future of Work which can be found at

6. Brookfield Institute

Recently launched a report Turn and Face the Strange: Changes Impacting the Future of Employment in Canada, a report that highlights the diverse and intersecting drivers of change in Canada’s labour market. The report outlines a number of policy implications. A copy of the report can be found here:

Provincial/Territorial (Regional)

1. The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)

The CCDF has just released its report Transitioning from Public School to Post Secondary Education in the Atlantic Region: Issues Challenges and Approached to Support Success a policy document that provides recommendations for enhancing the role of public education in supporting student transitions. A copy can be found here:

2. The Manitoba Association for Career Development (MACD)

Let’s Get to Work 2019 conference takes place in November. Focus of the conference is supporting career development practitioners with employment related issues in Manitoba.

3. The British Columbia Career Development Association (BCCDA)

The BCCDA conference took place in May 2019 and the 2020 call for proposals and registration is now out. Further details can be found here:

4. The Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA)

The CDAA has announced that the 7th annual career development conference will take place in May 2020. Further information can be found here:

5. The Saskatchewan Career Development Association (SKCDA)

The SKCDA does not hold its own annual conference, however it supports the attendance of its members at Cannexus. The SKCDA provides a number of resources for its membership, some of which can be accessed here:

6. The Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO)

The CDPCBO has launched a mentoring program for members who are considering certification through the CDPCBO. Recruitment of mentors is currently taking place. Further details can be found here:

7. The New Brunswick Career Development Association (NBCDA)

The NBCDA annual career development conference will take place in November 2019. Further information can be found here:

8. The Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA)

The NSCDA held its annual conference in June 2019, not details of the 2020 conference have been announced to date. The NSCDA is currently evaluating its Career Development Practitioner Certification Program. Updates will be available here:

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The CONVERSATION is the RELATIONSHIP: Strategies for Employer Engagement in Post-Secondary Education by Dr. Candy Ho, Professor, Educational Studies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

Within the Canadian context, there has been a continual trend for post-secondary educational institutions to partner with organizations and employers to develop and offer meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students. For instance, in 2015, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (2019), represented by leading companies and post-secondary institutions, declared an ambitious goal of having 100% of undergraduate students gain access to work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities prior to graduation. To date, major companies in industries such as finance, mining and aerospace are pledging to increase their offering of WIL opportunities to post-secondary students.

The trend presents both opportunities and challenges for institutions to identify suitable organizations and employers who will offer these various forms of meaningful opportunities for students. Scott's (2011) quote of "the conversation is the relationship" (p. 5) comes to mind as a motto to embrace when striving to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Below are three key strategies to help post-secondary institutions enhance their CONVERSATIONS - and in turn, their RELATIONSHIPS - with employers.

A. Establish clear outcomes and expectations. When engaging new employers, during the intake process, consider asking the following:

  • What do you want out of this potential engagement?
  • What are the pain points you wish to alleviate by offering WIL opportunities?

For instance, many accounting firms see hiring co-operative education students or student interns as an effective short-term solution during the busy tax season.

This initial conversation is also an opportunity for institutions to outline the employer's critical role as educators in the workplace. In my own experience, I see this conversational piece getting overlooked at times, and in turn leading to misunderstanding of employer and institutional expectations in this collaboration. Having the conversation now can mitigate risk and maximize the experience for students, employers and institutions.

B. Recognize longstanding employers who are strong contributors. While appreciation events, plaques and certificates are popular approaches to appreciating loyal employer partners, it is important to make recognition genuine and regular. Consider collecting student testimonials on their positive work experience with the company and make it a habit to pass them onto those who supervise students, and better yet, their supervisors.

Turn these recognition opportunities into two-way conversations: ask employers how you and your institution can further enhance their experience as educators in the workplace. They may also be invited to impart their best practices at future employer events, or even be guest speakers in classes to talk about the realities of the workplace, which can act as a recruitment tool for them as well.

C. Partner and engage with your post-secondary counterparts. This last one seems somewhat counterintuitive, yet, there are tremendous benefits to partnering with other nearby institutions to implement a joint employer engagement strategy. Notable examples include the Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning British Columbia/Yukon (ACE-WIL BC/Yukon) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). Representing multiple institutions, these associations advocate for the importance for WIL with companies and agencies, as well as government on both provincial and federal levels. As each school might be distinct in mission and program offering, working together as a post-secondary contingency means that employers would have more choices in student talent, further solidifying the argument to provide WIL opportunities.

Ultimately, high quality conversations between employers and institutions enhance employer engagement, which has the potential to elevate the reputation of the institution, and possibly, the overall reputation of post-secondary career services as a key contributor to our society and economy. This results in a win-win-win scenario whereby the employers are leading great talent and future recruitment potential, the institution is increasing its opportunity to provide meaningful connections to industry, and students are yielding practical opportunities to build their skills and networks that ideally positions them for smoother transitions post-graduation.


Business/Higher Education Roundtable. (2019). Work-integrated learning: Getting to 100%. Retrieved from:

Scott, S. (2011). Fierce conversations: Achieving successes at work & in life, one conversation at a time. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group.

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Career Development Fun in Canada's Capital City by Jon Woodend

CANNEXUS19 is being held January 28-30, 2019 in Ottawa, Canada, and will feature many career development presentations that may be of interest to APCDA members. Specifically, topics include Engaging the Online Generation by Gamifying Career Development, Our Career Practitioner Role in Mental Health Interventions, Indigenous Engagement & Economic Inclusion, When Career Development Meets Curriculum, Work-Integrated Learning: Exploring Challenges & Solutions, Innovative Approaches to Supporting Newcomer Jobseekers, Labor Market Trends and Employer Expectations.

Special guests include Mary McMahon (Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia), Deborah Saucier (President, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada), and The Right Honourable David Johnston (Governor General of Canada, 2010-2017).

You can find out more specific details with the conference program and how to attend here:

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Supporting the Career Engagement of Recent Immigrants by Roberta Neault & Cassie Taylor

The Career Engagement model can be a helpful tool for Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) conceptualizing the immigrant experience. In Canada, skilled newcomers routinely experience less than optimal employment outcomes facing challenges related to lack of local experience and foreign credential recognition (Government of Canada, 2015). In addition, inadequate pre-arrival information, employer bias, and regional skills mismatch are also common issues. In this context, individuals may concurrently feel overwhelmed (e.g., navigating settlement challenges, learning a new language) and underutilized (e.g., taking a "survival job," being unable to find employment that is similar to pre-immigration). The Career Engagement model (Neault, 2014; Neault, & Pickerell, 2011, in press) provides an interesting framework for understanding the delicate balance between challenge and capacity. Too much challenge for available capacity can result in feeling overwhelmed; too little challenge for available capacity can result in feeling underutilized. Left unchecked, both states leave an individual at risk for disengagement. When in balance, individuals can thrive in a "zone of engagement."

For the "overwhelmed" client, CDPs might recommend building capacity (e.g., through accessing settlement services or taking a course) or lowering challenge (e.g., shifting responsibilities at work or actively seeking out mentoring or supervision). For the "underutilized," CDPs might recommend increasing challenge by taking on a new position or special project or engaging in part-time studies; another option would be to reduce capacity by tightening timelines or offering to complete a project at work with a smaller team. The latter fits under the category of "gamification" - turning work into a game can make it more engaging. Alternatively, while underutilized at work, a recent immigrant could boost overall engagement by using the time to explore the new area, build a local network, and learn about the regional and corporate cultures; all of these would result in challenge in the short-term but would lead to greater capacity in the long term.

It's really important to "unpack" an apparent lack of engagement to better understand the source(s) of the problem. For example, if a CDP were to only focus on a new immigrant's experience of being overwhelmed by settlement issues, a typical recommendation might be to take on a less challenging job in the interim, with a goal of not contributing further to the client's overwhelmed feelings. However, for many skilled, internationally-trained professionals, not succeeding in achieving their pre-immigration level of employment can be highly discouraging and is likely to result in them feeling concurrently underutilized at work, despite being overwhelmed personally. Similarly, recommending a lengthy, expensive credential recognition process to requalify for that pre-immigration job level might be too overwhelming for someone who still can't find affordable, stable housing for their family.

The Career Engagement model can serve as a starting point when working with clients to better understand what's working and what's not with challenge and capacity. The traffic light colours of the model (green for engagement, red for disengagement, and shades of yellow and orange in between on both the overwhelmed and underutilized sides) can serve as early warning indicators for clients to begin to more effectively self-manage their careers. When working with any clients' experiences of less-than-optimal engagement and feelings of being overwhelmed or underutilized, CDPs may encounter issues that are beyond their scope of practice and competency. In such cases, CDPs should "arrange for appropriate consultations and referrals based on the best interests of their clients" (Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners, 2004, p. 2). It can be very helpful to build a network of other service providers in your communities, settlement workers, trainers, employer groups, trade unions, and professional associations to facilitate a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach to achieving and sustaining engagement.

To learn more about the Career Engagement model, join co-developer of the model, Dr. Roberta Neault, at the APCDA webinar on November 5/6 (click here and scroll down the page for more information and the specific time for your region)


Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (2004). Code of ethics. Retrieved from

Government of Canada (2015). Survival to success: Transforming immigrant outcomes. Retrieved from

Neault, R. A. (2014). Theoretical foundations of career development (pp. 129-152). In B. C. Shepard, & P. S. Mani (Eds.), Career development practice in Canada: Perspectives, principles, and professionalism. Toronto, ON: CERIC.

Neault, R. A., & Pickerell, D. A. (in press). Career engagement: A conceptual model for aligning challenge and capacity. In N. Arthur, R. Neault, & M. McMahon (Eds.) Career theories and models at work: Ideas for practice. Toronto, ON: CERIC.

Neault, R. A., & Pickerell, D. A. (2011). Career engagement: Bridging career counseling and employee engagement. Journal of Employment Counseling, 48(4), 185-188.

Cassie Taylor, Manager of Life Strategies Ltd., has supported the development of the Career Engagement model through research projects and the design/development of support materials (e.g., workbooks, tips sheets, articles) and training for career development practitioners.

Dr. Roberta Neault, President of Life Strategies Ltd., is co-developer of the career engagement model and an award-winning career development thought leader in Canada and internationally. She speaks, consults, and writes extensively on career-related topics.

Life Strategies Ltd. was honored to receive the 2017 APCDA Award for Outstanding Educator of Career Professionals.

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Canada Update by Jon Woodend

Canada Country Report

As we head into August, Canada finishes a busy spring/summer of career-related conferences including, Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers conference and International Congress of Applied Psychology. If you are starting to think about upcoming conferences, be sure to check out CANNEXUS 19, which will feature Dr. Mary McMahon, the developer of Systems Theory Framework of Career Development, among other notable keynote speakers. For more information about CANNEXUS 19, please visit:

Introducing the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD)

The Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) is a self-initiated/funded group for career development associations across Canada that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018. The aim of CCCD is to promote the voice of professionals within the career development field and to further outreach and engagement. CCCD offers membership and certification to help connect professionals in Canada, as well as tools to support career development practice, including a guide detailing Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. The CCCD has several working groups that function to support professionals and further the field. One in particular, the Outreach & Advocacy Working Group, was created in 2015 to target special issues within the career development field. This working group was responsible for organizing the Canada Career Month in November 2017, which had the theme of "What's Next?" To review highlights from this event, please see:

To learn more about CCCD, please see:

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Canada Country Update by Jon Woodend

Members in or outside of Canada may be interested in attending one of the following four upcoming Canadian conferences:

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) National Conference 2018 is being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 10th to the 13th. Although this conference is more general to counselling and therapy, there are often some career counselling related topics that may be of interest to APCDA members. For more information, please see:

The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) National Conference 2018 is being held in Waterloo, Ontario from May 27th to the 30th. For more information, please see:

This year the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is joining with the International Congress of Psychology (ICAP) for the 2018 conference in Montreal, Quebec, from June 26th to the 30th. Although this is primarily a psychology related conference, there are sometimes topics related to career that could be of interest to APCDA members. For more information, please see or

Super Saver registration for Cannexus19 will open on July 4, 2018. For more information on the 3-day and 1-day available registration packages, please visit:

CANNEXUS 2018 in Review:

The 2018 CANNEXUS conference ran from January 22-24, 2018 and saw a record number of practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers attend to learn more about career development skills and strategies required for success in the workforce. This annual conference provides an opportunity for career development related professionals to gather and discuss latest trends in policy, research, and practice. At this year’s conference, keynote speakers included Chantal Hébert (on engaging youth in politics), Dr Spencer Niles (on nourishing our souls at work) and Zarqa Nawaz (on her career journey as a Muslim comedy writer).

Interested readers can find out more about the 2018 conference (including highlights and resources from presentations).

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Career Development Supports in Canada
by Jenny L. Rowett, MEd, CCC-S, LCT

November is Canada Career Month! This specialized focus aims to increase awareness on issues pertaining to employment in Canada and is recognized across the country as providing a valuable platform to address some of the concerns that exist when it comes to planning one’s career. "Making career-related decisions and transitions such as pursuing education/training, looking for suitable employment, balancing life/work roles and responsibilities, and preparing for retirement are faced by almost everyone at some point," reports Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) National President, John Driscoll. "Now more than ever, Canadians are more frequently working in multiple jobs throughout their lifetimes, and navigating that process can be complicated and overwhelming. Career counsellors and the services that they provide can be extremely helpful for those seeking support." This article will highlight two national supports for career counsellors and career development in Canada.

CCPA is a national, bilingual association providing professional counsellors with access to educational programs, professional development, certification and opportunities to connect with peers and speciality groups. As the leading national association and advocate for the profession of counselling in Canada, CCPA promotes the advancement of the profession and increases awareness about its role in healthcare, education and industry sectors. Career counsellors, an essential component of CCPA’s membership, act as resources to individuals considering their educational paths, employment opportunities and life transitions. From enhancing self-awareness, to reviewing labour market demands, to helping determine educational requirements for a given sector, career counsellors play a crucial role in assisting those individuals entering the labour force for the first time, or those considering career changes at a later age.

The Career Counsellors Chapter of CCPA was established in 1995, and has contributed toward the development of the standards and initiatives of the field of career development in Canada. This special interest chapter supports career development practitioners through professional development opportunities, by providing materials to assist in the delivery of quality service and by creating and recognizing new initiatives in the field. It also provides a forum for discussion of important issues in the field. The chapter acts as a means for practitioners, researchers and policy makers in the area of career development to assist each other in developing new programs. The chapter also offers a special award for a student studying in the field of career development, the Dr. Vance Peavy award. More information about the Career Counsellors Chapter can be found on CCPA’s website:

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) is a non-profit organization that works to advance career services and the capacity of the profession, both nationally and internationally. For example, the organization advocates for services that help to prepare youth for the workplace, helps to build capacity in employees in the management of their careers and strengthens the capacity of employers to create healthy work environments. CCDF conducts applied research, promotes policy consultation, develops and delivers resources and training courses, and works with diverse partners to enrich and strengthen career services. More information is available on their website:

My own professional experiences, as a certified member of CCPA and as practitioner who has utilized CCDF’s unique resources for pre-employability services that are offered in the province of New Brunswick, have been truly rewarding. CCPA membership has been an inspiring way to connect with career development professionals and resources in Canada. Membership has led to the international expansion of my professional network, including being led to, learning about and writing for the Asia Pacific Career Development Association!

Jenny Rowitt is the President-Elect of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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Career Counseling and Mental Health: A Theme at the 2017 Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference by Dr. Rebecca Hudson Breen

Although the role of career and employment in an individual's overall experience of wellbeing is well known, there continues to exist a divide between career counseling and personal counseling. At this year's Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) conference, held in St. John's, Newfoundland, members of the Career Counsellor's Chapter presented a pre-conference workshop in an effort to directly challenge this false dichotomy. In this workshop, the presenters illustrated the ways in which career counseling interventions may be incorporated in mental health counseling. Career interventions can support mental health across the developmental lifespan, from normalizing career indecision and enhancing career self-efficacy for post-secondary students, to supporting the career development of Indigenous young people, to addressing mid-life career change, to including career counseling interventions in treatment for individuals in recovery from addictions.

The importance of the role of career in mental health was also highlighted in the keynote address by Dave Redekopp, "Career Development and Mental Health" and was carried through in an interactive discussion session following the keynote, facilitated by Dr. Redekopp, aimed at generating action in increasing understanding regarding the links between career and mental health. The importance of career for various populations was also seen in several posters and presentations throughout the main conference. These included a presentation on the strengths inherent in an intentional blending of career counseling with personal counseling to support wellbeing (presented by Clarence DeSchiffart and Laurie Edwards) and the role of career counseling in supporting street involved youth (presented by Yaffa Elling).

In discussions with my colleagues who are members of the Career Counsellor's chapter, we agreed that it was encouraging to see that the importance of career in mental health was such a strong theme at this year's CCPA conference. I, for one, look forward to a continued dialogue regarding the link between career and mental health, as well as ongoing research to support the integration of career interventions in mental health counseling.

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Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA)


Join us at the Cannexus17 in Ottawa! by José F. Domenee

I'm pleased to share with you information about Canada's largest bilingual (English and French) career development conference, Cannexus17 which will take place from January 23-25, 2017 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. Cannexus will bring together 900 professionals in the field from the public and private sectors as well as civil society, both nationally and internationally. It is designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday,

an exciting line-up of all-Canadian keynotes will share their knowledge and experience at Cannexus17:

  • Roberta L. Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire
  • Louis Cournoyer, Professor & Researcher, University of Quebec in Montreal
  • Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, WE Day, Free The Children and ME to WE

There will be more than 130 education sessions that will bring you the latest trends from effective counselling techniques to working with diverse populations. An Exhibitor Showcase will also highlight a range of beneficial products and services in the field.

Register at by November 1 for the Early Bird rate.

There are also numerous optional pre-conference workshops. Choose among workshops with popular presenters and go in-depth on these current topics:

  • Career Integrated Learning, Rob Shea & Rhonda Joy, Memorial University
  • LinkedIn for Career Professionals, Eric Pye, CPA Alberta
  • Offer and Receive Feedback Like a Pro!, Sonia Di Maulo, Harvest Performance
  • Give Employers What They Want: Work Ethic, Josh Davies, The Center for Work Ethic Development
  • NEW! Indigenous Cultural Competence, Rose LeMay, Indigenous and Northern Health

Cannexus is presented by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada with a broad network of supporting organizations.

On a personal note, I have attended Cannexus for the last few years, and I find it to be a very friendly group, presenting useful information, with a definitive focus on career development practice. I highly recommend it. In addition, Ottawa, Canada's national capital, is a fun place to visit in January as long as you are prepared for the cold weather (the average daily temperature is -10C in January). There are many museums and art galleries, and as you can see from the picture, the Rideau Canal becomes one of the world's largest skating rinks in winter. Even if you don’t like skating, it's worth checking out.

I hope to see some of you at Cannexus in January!

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Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada: Our Tradition of Gathering Together to Share and Be Grateful By Ashlee Kitchenham

As the cool air settles in, leaves begin to turn brilliant colors, and pumpkin patches become bountiful, we know Autumn is upon us in Canada. This season reaches its peak on the second Monday of every October with the celebration of Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving holiday in Canada originates hundreds of years ago from the festivals of thanks European farmers held during their harvest time. When Europeans settled in Canada, they brought these harvest festival traditions with them. In current Canadian culture, the focus of this celebration has shifted to focus on the appreciation for one’s family, friends, and fortunes, rather than being centered around the harvest. For many Canadians, Thanksgiving is a time to put their fast-paced lifestyle on pause, spend time with their loved ones, and be grateful for the blessings around them.

Many people in Canada receive this day off school and work and as a result have a long weekend to enjoy. A highlight of the Thanksgiving weekend for many is hosting or attending a celebratory feast. The dining area becomes decorated in beautifully festive yellow, orange, and red colors featuring wheat sheaths, corns, pumpkins, cornucopias, and similar seasonal decor. Everyone gathers around the table for a magnificent meal of roast turkey, ham, seasonal produce, pumpkin pie, and more. Many people also exchange with one another some things they are thankful for during this meal. Creating and sharing in this meal together is symbolic of the gratitude and connectedness guests have among one another.

Additionally, there are many Thanksgiving community events Canadians enjoy in their local areas. Some cities host parades, craft markets, special brunches, and potluck dinners. The Canadian Football League also hosts it’s annual Thanksgiving Day Classic game. Some Canadians even choose to take this time and sneak in one last vacation over the weekend with their family or friends before the cold of winter hits.

Regardless of where or how the time is spent, Thanksgiving is a warm, welcomed reminder for all Canadians to appreciate and acknowledge the relationships and prosperities they have been gifted with throughout the year.

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Sharing Three Canadian Career Development Updates by Jose Domene

Three recent Canadian Career Development updates include lobbying, history and advocacy. The Career Counselling Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association,, is preparing materials to lobby the federal government on the role of Career development practice in mental health prevention and intervention.

Lynne Bezanson, Sareena Hopkins and Roberta Neault recently published an article describing the history of career counseling in Canada from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. The article focuses on changes in (a) scope of practice, (b) education and training of practitioners, and (c) emerging regulation of the profession (taking note of differences across provinces). The abstract of the article is available here:

The Canadian Career Development Foundation recently released a report of a scoping review that systematically examines the School-to-Work Transition in Canada. The review proposes numerous recommendations and suggestions. Advocating for a national strategy to address this issue is included. For a copy of the report:

APCDA members from other countries would love to hear how these three recent Canadian Career Development updates as well as other new policies, procedures and activities are impacting the career development work you, personally, do in Canada. Please consider submitting an article for our next APCDA's newsletter to

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Canada Country Report, May 2016 by Dr. Jose Domene

A few exciting events related to the advancement of career development in Canada, which may be of interest to practitioners and scholars from across the Asia Pacific region, have taken place. Two events that include Call for Proposals will soon take place. Do consider submitting one or more!

At the beginning of April, the American Counseling Association and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) held a joint conference in Montreal. Led by Jessica Isenor (former APCDA country director for Canada), the Career Counsellors Chapter of CCPA had a very active presence at that conference, offering numerous workshops and sessions related to career development in Canada, and career counselling in general. I actually found the conference to be rather overwhelming (there were several thousand attendees and many, many sessions occurring at any given time) but it was also a great opportunity to learn about many different career development initiatives happening across Canada, the United States, and internationally.

The Career Counsellors Chapter of CCPA also announced its "career counsellor practitioner grant" program, which is designed to provide funding to practitioners in the field who are interested in conducting research. These grants, valued at $500 to $1500, are designed to generate evidence for career counselling practice in the real world, and highlight the importance of applied research performed by career counsellors in the community and/or workplace (that is, people who are not primarily academics). For more information, see:

As part of a larger project to examine ways to address the problem of youth unemployment in Canada and improve Canadian youths' transition into the workforce, the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) recently conducted a scoping review of existing literature and programs related to the school to work transitions. Although their conclusions are somewhat country-specific (for example, one of the identified barriers is the lack of a national school to work policy framework, which is due in part to the fact that education is a Provincial rather than a Federal responsibility in Canada), the report contains a lot of useful information that may be relevant to other nations. If you are interested in career development in youth, or school to work transitions, the report is worth reading. It can be downloaded for free from the CCDF web-site:

Do consider presenting for Cannexus 2017 (Canada's national career development conference), which will be held in Ottawa next January. Proposals are due June 15: An even earlier presentation possibility to consider is CCPA’s research conference just outside of Edmonton on October 14 and 15. This conference is particularly friendly to students and novice researchers of all areas of counselling, including career counselling. The call for presenters is open until June 1: (I'm planning to attend both these conferences, and I would love to see some of my fellow APCDA members there!)

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Cannexus 2016 — A Resounding Success by Jose Domene

Well, the calendar may say that Spring has arrived, but there's still snow on the ground here in Fredericton, on the east coast of Canada. Perfect weather for staying home and writing a quick update about the Cannexus conference that was held at the end of January. Cannexus is Canada's national conference for career development practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. It is held every winter in our nation's capital, Ottawa, and this year's conference was the largest in its 9-year history. There were over 900 attendees and 130 education sessions that included a wide variety of workshops, presentations, and poster sessions. Topics were as varied as career development for the Inuit peoples of northern Canada, integrating neuroscience into career counselling, how to demonstrate service effectiveness to stakeholders, strategies for success in applying to work in the Federal public service, and a novel program for facilitating transitions from the military into the civilian workforce. The choice of sessions was almost overwhelming and, a lot of the time, I often found it to be a struggle to decide amongst multiple interesting sessions that were all happening at the same time.

There was good representation from APCDA members, as well. Jessica Isenor presented on the state of career counsellor education in Canada. Roberta Neault presented three sessions on workplace career management, increasing career engagement for diverse clients, and the results of a recently conducted survey of career service professionals in Canada. Nancy Arthur presented a session on how career development practitioners could incorporate social justice into their practice. As for myself, I had the luxury of taking the entire conference to listen and learn, instead of presenting anything.

This year's scheduled keynote was Dr. Spencer Niles from The College of William & Mary but he was prevented from attending due to a blizzard that hit the eastern seaboard of the US that week. Instead, his colleague, Dr. Norm Amundson from the University of British Columbia, presented on their hope-centered career development model of counselling. But for those of us who are also going to the APCDA conference in Taiwan, there will be an opportunity to hear Dr. Niles there, instead.

Cannexus is definitely a conference that is worth attending, if you are ever in this part of the world. The call for presenters for next year's conference is available online at on the Cannexus website. I encourage all my colleagues from APCDA to consider applying to present a session at Canada's national career conference, which will be held on January 23 to 25, 2017.

(Editor's note: I presented at the 2015 Cannexus conference and thoroughly enjoyed this international event!)

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Canadian Resources for the Creation and Mobilization of Knowledge in Career Development by José F. Domene

At the NCDA Conference, over 20 people attended the APCDA meeting. Attendees included APCDA members and others who were interested in the association. We asked the attendees to describe the greatest challenge faced by career development within their countries. A number of themes appeared to resonate in several countries.

In this country report, I provide a description of Canadian resources for the creation and mobilization of knowledge related to career development and career counselling. Although these resources are located in Canada, many are available for career development practitioners both inside and outside of Canada. The specific examples that I describe are not an exhaustive list, but illustrate the range of resources that exist. At the end of this article, I provide links to many of these resources, for more in-depth exploration.

The Government of Canada is a primary source of funding for career development knowledge generation in Canada, through agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. However, this funding is only available to researchers affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution. In contrast, some Canadian professional organizations provide research-related funding for career development practitioners not affiliated with these institutions. One such organization is the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC). CERIC provides funding for both "research projects" (i.e., practical or academic career-related research) and "learning projects" (i.e., the development and/or implementation of career counselling-related materials, including manuals, training courses, and workbooks, webinars, and workshops) related to career development. CERIC's mandate requires at least some focus on a Canadian context, but they accept collaborations between Canadian and International partners. For example, their current projects web-page reveals that agencies such as Street Kids International and researchers from countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and the United States have received funding for various projects. Another source of funding for knowledge creation has recently been initiated by the Career Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). They are piloting a "Career Counsellor Practitioner's Grant" program, which provides small grants to promote the value, importance, and results of applied research. Their pilot program runs from 2016 to 2018 and is explicitly designed for career counsellors in the community and/or workplace, rather than for academics.

At the other end of the research process, the mobilization of knowledge to key stakeholders (e.g., career development practitioners in the field, career development policy makers and the institutional and government levels) is as important as its creation: Without mobilization, how will research impact practice and policy? In Canada, there are numerous ways to spread the word about innovative practices and research findings, in both written and interactive formats. There are two main Canadian journals where career development researchers and practitioners from around the world can publish their work, in English or in French. The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the official journal of the CCPA, publishes research reports, descriptions of innovative programs and practices, discussions and commentaries on current professional issues, and critical reviews of published research related to all fields of counselling, including career counselling. A review of the archives of the journal reveals that career counselling and development is well represented in the journal. Furthermore, as the current Acting Editor for the journal, I can personally reassure my APCDA colleagues that we welcome articles addressing career development in countries from around the world. The Canadian Journal of Career Development, funded by CERIC, is also very welcoming of international submissions. This journal, which publishes articles written in English or French, accepts the same range of articles (i.e., research reports, descriptions of programs and practices, discussions of current issues, critical reviews) as the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. However, the entire journal is devoted to career development, defined in its broadest sense. Another, less formal, avenue for career development knowledge mobilization is the practitioner Blog maintained by the Career Counsellors Chapter of CCPA. They often post articles by guest bloggers, and may welcome submissions from international career development practitioners. Jessica Isenor, the previous APCDA country director for Canada, is the current President of the Career Counsellors Chapter, and would be a good person to contact for more information about writing for the blog. Her contact information can be found on the Career Counsellors Chapter web-site (see below).

In addition to these resources for mobilizing knowledge in a written format, there are numerous venues in Canada for presenting career development research and practice innovations to colleagues in an interactive format. At a national level, CCPA and CERIC both host annual conferences (CCPA's Annual Conference is usually in May, and CERIC's Cannexus conference is held in January). CCPA's conference draws several hundred attendees each year and is focused on all aspects of counselling, although the Career Counsellor Chapter of CCPA has been very active in ensuring the presence of programming relevant to career development practitioners. Cannexus is a somewhat smaller conference, but the entire focus is on career development research, practice and policy. Although most of the presenters and attendees are Canadian, both conferences welcome international practitioners and researchers and have sessions that are held in English or French (often with simultaneous translation). In addition to these national conferences, many provinces in Canada have their own regional associations for career development practice, which provide professional development opportunities in the form of smaller conferences and meetings. For example, the Career Development Association of Alberta, the New Brunswick Career Development Action Group, and L'Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec all host regular practitioner-oriented meetings where individuals can present knowledge and innovation related to career development. Naturally, these regional meetings are smaller than the national conferences, but they provide presenters with a chance to engage with front-line career development practitioners who rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to attend national or international conferences.

In summary, Canada provides numerous resources for creating and mobilizing knowledge in the field of Career Development. Although most of these resources are competitive and some require a Canadian partner, many of these resources are very welcoming of international practitioners and scholars. I hope to encounter some of my colleagues from the APCDA at a Canadian conference some time, or to read your articles in the Canadian Journal of Career Development or the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Please feel free to email me for more in-depth information on these resources, or go to the web-site of the specific resource to find out more for yourself.

For further information:

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Hello from Canada! by Jessica Isenor

My last update was in the winter just prior to our national career development conference, Cannexus. Now that we are in the warm months of summer here, this update will catch you up on what has been happening since January as well as let you know what we are looking forward to in the coming months.

In March, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) published their Nationwide Survey: Accessing Career and Employment Counselling Services. This was an online survey of 1500 adult Canadians that evaluated how Canadians use and access career and employment counselling services. Three distinct groups emerged from the findings - those who define themselves as having a "career," those who define themselves as having a "job," and students. More than half of those with a career (53%) said they had sought advice from a career professional. Those with a job accessed counselling services less than those with a career at just under four in 10 (38%). Among both those with careers and jobs who did not seek career or employment counselling, half agreed that they should have obtained more professional advice (47% and 50% respectively). The most common access point used to obtain career/employment counselling services were high school guidance counsellors and career counsellors at post-secondary institutions. Barriers to accessing career services mentioned in the survey included Canadians not believing they need career counselling since they already know their career goals and a lack of familiarity with the different career services available.

Similarly, in May, the Canadian Council for Career Development's (CCCD) National Career Challenge results were released. The National Career Challenge is an online, interactive survey that assesses a respondent's skill and will to actively engage in personal career development activities. The findings from this survey found that while participants were eager to find satisfaction within their careers, they weren't sure how to access information and resources that could help them once out of school.

The CCCD has also been working on creating a document that articulates the common criteria for certification of career development practitioners across provinces as a stepping stone toward seeking stronger harmonization/cohesion. The organization has also established a Media Working Group in an effort to get career development more media coverage and created a Terminology Working Group to draft a "Primer" to try to simplify language in our field so that we can communicate with non-career development professionals and get our message across.

In other career development news, this past month Team Canada participated in the 7th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy. Participants examined the labour market challenges facing young people and how career guidance services can assist them in managing those challenges.

Also in June, the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) released Future in Focus - Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education: 2015-2020 outlining the regional direction and specific goals of the four provincial governments (of the Atlantic Canada region) to support student career planning and transitions. The Framework was developed in response to Career Education in Atlantic Canada: Research and Recommendations, a report highlighting the socio-economic imperatives for action in the area of career development, successful programs in Atlantic Canada, and international best practices.

This month (July), the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) announced a series of actions to improve economic opportunities for Canadians, including creating a Labour Market Information Council.

Looking forward to the months ahead, we celebrate Canada Career Week from November 2nd-6th with a variety of events across the country. In January we have Cannexus 16 to look forward to with Dr. Ratna Omidvar and Dr. Spencer Niles as our keynotes, along with two special keynotes relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (an initiative to discover the truths behind injustices and harms committed against Canadian Aboriginal people and to promote healing for all Canadians). I hope some of you will be able to join us at this wonderful conference, although it is held in the coldest month of the year in our nation's capital so pack warm clothes if you come!

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What's Happening in Canada, February 2015 by Jessica Isenor

In June 2014, Canada hosted the IAEVG conference in Quebec City. It was a very well-attended conference with more than 1250 delegates. There were over 200 symposiums, workshops, papers communications and posters presented, and it was an engaging and inspiring event. One of the highlights of this conference was the final plenary session entitled, At the Intersection of Personal, Collective and Worklife Realities. Professors Gideon Arulmani (India), Rachel Mulvey (United Kingdom), Julio Bello Gonzalez (Venezuela), and Vincent Guillon (France) shared their thoughts regarding what the theme means in the context of the practice of career development/guidance in their country or area of the world.

In other news, the Canadian Council for Career Development created and launched The National Career Challenge (, an interactive quiz tool to help Canadians assess their career development knowledge and link them to local resources to further their knowledge. This tool went live in conjunction with Canada Career Week (November 3-7). So far, more than 3300 people from across the country took the quiz. You are welcome to check it out.

The bi-lingual national career development conference, Cannexus, recently took place in Canada's capital city, Ottawa, from January 26-28, 2015, including pre-conference workshops on the 25th. Even with temperatures below 20 degrees F, more than 800 delegates attended. Although, the majority of delegates were Canadians, a good showing of Americans and a small group from the Netherlands also attended. One of this year's keynote speakers included Nancy Arthur, who will also be keynoting IAEVG in Japan this year. She is a professor at the University of Calgary and internationally known for her work in social justice and culturally infused counseling. Of the 150+ education sessions, those of note in the conference program are reports on the provincial certification programs for career development practitioners and a discussion on how leadership can be fostered to help continue the growth of the career development field in Canada.

To learn more about what is happening in the career development field in Canada please consider following the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association's Career Counsellors Chapter blog at or signing up for weekly email blog digest called Career Wise put out by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)

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Professional Development for Career Counsellors in Canada by Roberta Neault

In Canada, as in other countries, it can be challenging for career counsellors and career development practitioners to keep up with their professional development after they enter the workforce. Most certifying boards and professional associations require Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain certification – the number of required CEUs varies, as does the recertification period.

Many Canadian associations are turning to webinars as a professional development solution. Webinars permit individuals to engage in continuous learning without the need to take time off or leave their offices. They can also be recorded and archived for ongoing access. In some cases, the webinars are offered for free to association members and at a reasonable cost to non-members; one organization made the cost to non-members equivalent to the fees for joining the chapter as a way to encourage new memberships.

Here are a few links to upcoming and archived webinars that will give you a sense of what's available:

Conferences are also a great source of professional development for Canadian career practitioners and counsellors.

Our large national conference each year is CANNEXUS. It's held in our capital city, Ottawa, each year – in January, offering visitors a chance to experience the very cold Canadian winter!

This year we are excited to be hosting the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) in Quebec City in June – Quebec City offers a chance to experience Canada's French-speaking culture and June is a wonderful month to visit the area:

More accessible to the Asia Pacific Region is our west-coast province, British Columbia (my home). The BC Career Development Association also hosts an annual conference; in 2014, it will be in Richmond (very close to the Vancouver International Airport). It will be held in March, early spring; as the weather in the Vancouver area is much milder than in other parts of Canada, it's likely flowers will be in bloom. Details are at: (Note: the earlybird deadline closes January 10).

If any of you plan to attend one of these three conferences, please let me know. As your Canadian Director, I'd be delighted to introduce you to some of my Canadian colleagues!

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Career Development in Canada by Roberta Neault

Within Canada, career “work” is done by a wide range of career practitioners / counsellors with very diverse educational and professional backgrounds. In most parts of Canada, the profession is not regulated (i.e., career practitioners are not licensed by the government and their scope of practice is not clearly defined); the one exception is the Province of Quebec where career counselling has been regulated for many years. For more info about relevant professional certifications, see: here.

In part due to this lack of consistent certification/regulation, it can be challenging to understand the full scope of work that career practitioners are engaged in across Canada and the competencies they require to do their work well. Several recent initiatives have helped to address this; brief descriptions and links to additional information or relevant resources are provided here:

1. Canadian Council for Career Development

This is a self-funded “umbrella” national organization with a mix of individual and organizational members (e.g., career development professional associations, leaders in Canadian career development, educators of career practitioners, researchers). The organization plays a national advocacy role, promotes career development awareness and initiatives, and facilitates inter-provincial/territorial collaborative partnerships and conversations on topics related to professional development, certification, evidence-based practice, and quality service indicators.

2. Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners

Initially developed through pan-Canadian consultations with diverse stakeholders, these Standards and Guidelines continue to be revised to reflect changes within the sector. They are widely used by career development practitioner trainers, employers, certification bodies, and individual practitioners to determine core and specialized competencies, identify strengths and gaps, and inform training initiatives.

3. Training for Career Development Practitioners and Career Counsellors

(Note: Click on “click here” on the last line at this link to access a comprehensive “Inventory of Career Development Training Programs” in Canada, including both classroom-based and online alternatives).

There is diverse training across Canada for career practitioners and career counsellors, from certificate programs requiring no prerequisite education to Master’s degree programs in Counselling Psychology. Most of the specialized certificate programs have been benchmarked to the Standards and Guidelines and fully cover the core competencies; competencies within the areas of specialization are also introduced in several programs. Some of the training programs are pre-approved by various certifying bodies (e.g., provincial career development associations or international organizations such as the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance [Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner – EVGP] or the Center for Credentialing and Education [Global Career Development Facilitator – GCDF]).

4. Where’s the Work? Helping Career Practitioners Explore Their Career Options

This tool was developed to help career practitioners recognize the variety of roles within the career development sector and also to raise awareness of the diverse employers who hire individuals with career-related expertise. The book begins with a brief historical overview of career services, then presents case examples and relevant descriptions of 12 roles and 10 distinct settings. It was co-authored by two members of the APCDA Board of Directors, Drs. Deirdre Pickerell and Roberta Neault.

5. Pan-Canadian and Regional Mapping Studies / Research Projects

Within the past 4 years, three comprehensive reports have been released that report research on the career development sector, the career service professionals working with in it, and skill requirements for career practitioners. Each of these offers a slightly different perspective of the strengths and challenges within the Canadian career development sector.

As these brief descriptions demonstrate, the career development sector within Canada comprises diverse professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels, who hold a variety of credentials and certifications. Due to this diversity, there is no “one size fits all” approach to training or professional development and, as a result, there are regional differences in terms of services offered and qualifications of service providers. However, this diversity has also fostered creativity and innovation – Canada’s career programs, services, and professionals all continue to evolve!

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