One in three 16 to 30 year-old Canadians is unemployed of underemployed. The human and economic costs are staggering and impede prosperity for all. With an aging population, we need today's youth fully engaged. Yet, they face challenges the education system is not preparing them for.
CTC’s mission is to foster collaboration among provincial and territorial ministries of education, advanced education, and labour, the federal government, first nations, the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, the business community, and career and workforce development specialists, and other experts to identify and share best practices and develop, test and deploy innovative new programs, products and resources to help youth in all regions of Canada transition successfully from education to in-demand jobs.
To focus the attention of experts across Canada to identify and enhance best practices and conceive, develop, test and deploy new innovations that will impact students, teachers and parents, employers, and communities in multiple jurisdictions;
To engage employers with educators to provide project-based and integrated work-based learning opportunities at all education levels; and
To engage government and community agencies to support educators, parents, and employers in preparing youth for in-demand occupations.
Terms of reference and expectations of partners are defined in a CTC Memorandum of Agreement. CTC advisors meet in-person at least once annually and remain in contact year-round as part of their full-time jobs.
When CTC partners agree to support a project they agree to:
Help develop detailed specifications and create prototypes of proposed initiatives;
Help organize, monitor and evaluate national pilots; and
Promote, train and support the outcomes of initiatives in their jurisdictions.
Pilots sites are selected competitively, apportioned based on population, and pilots occur in all regions concurrently. Based on pilot results, the CTC Advisory Board agrees on modifications and enhancements. CTC contracts with experts as necessary, to research, develop and refine approved initiatives.
CTC Secretariat staff are experienced in coordinating pan-Canadian career and workforce development projects. [Details follow]
National Advisory Council
Provinces and Territories
Senior executives from education, advanced education, and labour ministries willing to join the coalition
National Partners [Proposed but Unconfirmed]
Prime Minister’s Youth Council
Government of Canada: Social Development, Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Business, Industry and Labour:
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Business Council of Canada
Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
Scouts/Guides of Canada
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Previous pan-Canadian Projects led by the CTC Team:
Canada Prospects - Perspectives Canadiennes From 1990 to 2003 all provinces and territories collaborated in developing and distributing an annual labour market information tabloid. The stages were as follows:
Representatives of all provinces met to agree on a common annual theme appropriate for students and young adults across Canada (i.e., Me Inc., Build The Life You Want, etc.)
Each province created at least one engaging article addressing the agreed theme.
The project team merged the articles into tabloid format, added an insert with national labour market information on 250-300 in-demand occupations, such as key tasks, education/training required, wages, outlook, etc., and translated all content.
A digital master was provided to provinces wishing to localize content. They would print and distribute their own editions, with more local stories, initiatives and contacts, and localized LMI to secondary and post-secondary schools, and employment centres (i.e., Ontario Prospects, Manitoba Prospects, Perspectives Nouveau-Brunswick, etc.).
Some provinces distributed the national edition, Canada Prospects/Perspectives Canadiennes.
Over 15 million copies of provincial and national editions were distributed over a 15-year period to classrooms across Canada.
25 years after the first Canada Prospects editions were printed Saskatchewan still produces Relevance (formerly SK Prospects) annually.
Blueprint for Life/Work Designs The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs is Canada’s common language framework of learning outcomes needed by Canadians of all ages to self-reliantly manage their careers. Its genesis was the National Career Development Guidelines (NCDGs) created by the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee/State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (NOICC/SOICC) in the U.S. The stages of this project were:
Career consultants from provincial departments of education and advanced education, labour, social development, and relevant professional associations were convened to agree on specifications for the Canadian Blueprint.
An expert writing team was contracted to “Canadianize” the NCDGs and produce a prototype that could be piloted by educators and labour market intervenors in a wide cross-section of schools and community settings, and by HR specialists in the public and private sectors.
Pilot feedback resulted in enhanced print and digital materials which were shared at no cost with all project partners, and a website was accessible at no cost to all Canadians.
15 years after HRDC funding ceased, diverse agencies across Canada continue to use the Blueprint. Moreover, the United States updated their NCDG’s and Australia, England and Scotland created their own Blueprints based on the Canadian model.
Canada WorkinfoNET (CanWIN) In 1995 all provinces and territories agreed to collaborate in creating a national Internet career and labour market information portal. Funding was provided by Human Resources Development Canada with in-kind contributions from the provinces and territories. The result was the Canada WorkinfoNET (CanWIN) site and a provincial WIN site in each province (NB WIN, ON WIN, MB WIN, etc.). All were bilingual and free to all Canadians. A CanWIN board determined common language, nomenclature, search terms, site design, and functionality. Canadians could access the national site for national initiatives, resources, programs, etc., and easily move to their own provincial WIN site. HRDC ceased funding CanWIN in 2003 but provinces continued with their own sites, some to this day.
The Real Game Series The Real Game became the world’s most popular and widely used experiential career learning program through the NLWC, based at the Memramcook Institute in New Brunswick. NLWC invited all provinces and territories and NOICC, with its network of 59 State SOICCs, to collaborate on The Real Game. Over the ensuing decade, 6 editions of The Real Game (Gr 3-4, Gr 5-6, Gr 7-9, Gr 9-10, Gr 11-12, Adult) were created and distributed to over 15,000 schools across Canada, in English and French. 6 US editions were created and distributed to over 30,000 US schools. 5 U.K., French and Australian editions were created with fewer in The Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Greece. At its peak, over 100,000 classrooms used this Canadian program in 12 countries.