Project History

Where it Began…

Recognizing that the world of work is experiencing rapid and complex changes, fueled by factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, technological advances, and climate change, the Future Skills Centre (FSC) developed the Responsive Career Pathways (RCP) initiative to maximize how career and employment services help Canadians navigate, adapt, and thrive in ever-changing labour markets.
As part of this RCP initiative, the FSC and Blueprint ADE engaged with an array of national and international experts, publishing several research papers that generated ideas for strengthening career and employment services, highlighting factors such as the consequences of fragmented systems and ineffective policies, the need for improved evidence and enhanced labour market information, and the removal of barriers to accessing services.

One consistent theme across these papers was the need for stronger support for the vibrant, talented professionals working on the frontlines delivering career and employment services. 

To address this need, in Spring 2022 FSC asked the Canadian Career Development Foundation and MixtMode Consulting to explore the feasibility of establishing a national Career Development Professional Centre that would focus on 6 main objectives:

What the Field Wants

The feasibility study was conducted from February to May 2022 and included:​

Canadian career professionals did not hold back! The feasibility study surfaced an incredible amount of information on what works well in the field, what does not, and how a Career Development Professional Centre can help. Overall, there was a high level of support for the establishment of the Centre and, specifically, for the six objectives.

The Centre is an essential mechanism to strengthen the professional identity of our field, a vital support to quality service delivery across the country, and a way to raise the bar to ensure the best service is offered to every Canadian, no matter where they live, or where they go to access career services.

With funding provided by the Government of Canada, under the Future Skills Centre program, secured, the Centre initiative launched in September 2022.

Career Development Professional Centre

Help us cultivate a community we all enjoy by reviewing and following the Code of Conduct.  

Our Purpose  

Thank you for being a part of the online CDPC social learning community. To ensure that all members have the best possible experience, we have a few ground rules that we ask everyone to adhere to. This code of conduct applies equally to every person in the community and is intended to foster an online space that is inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all. 

Community Rules 

Be welcoming 

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. We aim to create and facilitate a community that promotes excellence and innovation in career and workforce development. Please extend respect to all members; we all come from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge and there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

Be respectful 

We won’t all agree all the time, but when we disagree don’t let those disagreements turn into personal attacks. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened will not be a productive one. Instead, when having discussions in the online community, create productive conversations around the content being presented, not the person behind the content. Any post that is determined to be “hate speech” towards any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation.  

Hate Speech could include and is not limited to:  

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person 
  • Discriminatory jokes, language, or materials 
  • Defamatory or abusive language or materials 
  • Profane or illegal materials 
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior 

A good rule of thumb is to never post anything that you wouldn’t be comfortable with the world seeing or that you wouldn’t want anyone knowing came from you. We ask that you keep in mind the focus of this community, which is building excellence and innovation in career and workforce development for all individuals.  

Be considerate of the purpose of the community 

This community will be focused on building excellence and discussing innovation in the career and workforce development field. The goal of this community is to communicate goals, challenges, constructive feedback, and questions in relation to career and workforce development. The community should be a place for continued learning and development as well as a place to discuss the future of our field (solicitation without written consent by the Project or Advisory team, is strictly prohibited). Any post that is determined to be soliciting any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation. 

Post your discussions or documents in the most appropriate group or topic 

Make reasonable efforts to ensure that posts and materials are allocated to the appropriate group or topic. This will prevent cluttering the community and make it easier for everyone to find the information that they are seeking. Individuals who do this repeatedly will be contacted by one of the group admins and asked to follow these guidelines.  

Privacy and Release of Information  

CDPC-CEDC will not release your information to any third-party agencies.  

Group Admins 

There are four group admins who are available to you. Below are their names and their spoken language. 

Heather Powell | Anglophone 

Gabrielle St-Cyr | Francophone/Anglophone 

Florence Desrochers | Francophone/Anglophone

Muriel Andoblé-Yao | Francophone

Thank you and welcome to the CDPC Community!