Canada’s Voice for the Employment and Training Sector

Join us at the Cannexus18 National Career Development Conference


The Cannexus18 National Career Development Conference is taking place January 22-24, 2018 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. Register by November 1 for the Early Bird rate. Members of supporting organizations (inclding CCCBET) benefit from an additional 10% discount during this period.

Cannexus is Canada’s largest bilingual career development conference and will bring together 1,000 professionals in the field from across education, community, government and private sectors. It is designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development.


Three exciting keynotes will take the stage to share knowledge and inspiration at Cannexus18:

Chantal Hebert, National Affairs Columnist, Toronto
Spencer Niles, Dean of Education, The College of William & Mary
Zarqa Nawaz, Creator, Little Mosque on the Prairie

There will be more than 150 education sessions that will bring you the latest trends in effective counselling and facilitation techniques, labour market information, and working with diverse populations. An Exhibitor Showcase will also highlight a range of beneficial products and services in the field.

You can enhance your conference experience by taking an optional pre-conference workshop. Choose among workshops with popular presenters and go in-depth on these current topics:

Understanding and Applying the Sacred Algonquin Teachings of the Healing Circle & Wellness Wheel, Annie Smith St-Georges, Algonquin Elder
Not-for-Profit Finance for the Non-Finance Manager: Bootcamp Edition, Betty Ferreira, Restructure Consulting
– Deconstructing Clients’ Career Anxiety by Creating Positive Narratives & Co-Constructed Plans, Sonny Wong, Ryerson University
Employability as a Strategy for Seeking Meaningful Employment, Jeff Landine, University of New Brunswick
Transforming Leadership Skills and HR Strategies that Increase Employee Engagement and Get Results!, Ken Keis, Consulting Resource Group
Strategic Résumés for Challenging Clients – Real-World Résumé Strategy! Sharon Graham & Wayne Pagani, Career Professionals of Canada
Empowering the Employment Sector to Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues, Marysia Parry, Youth Employment Services Toronto

Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada with a broad network of supporting organizations. For more information and to register, visit

Our Brief for the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations


On June 3rd, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultation process, and invited the participation of Canadians. The focus of written submissions to the Committee and appearances in fall 2016 should be the following:

  1. What federal measures would help Canadians generally – and such specific groups as the unemployed, Indigenous peoples, those with a disability and seniors – maximize, in the manner of their choosing, their contributions to the country’s economic growth?
  2. What federal actions would assist Canada’s businesses – in all regions and sectors – meet their expansion, innovation and prosperity goals, and thereby contribute to economic growth in the country?
  3. What federal measures would ensure that urban, rural and remote communities throughout Canada enable residents to make their desired contribution to the country’s economic growth and businesses to expand, prosper and serve domestic and international customers in order to contribute to growth?

CCCBET took advantage of this opportunity to voice some of our concerns regarding employment.

Read CCCBET Recommendations

A report on the consultations will be tabled in the House of Commons in December 2016.

The Forum of Labour Market Ministers to hold consultations on labour market transfer agreements


Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers reinforced their commitment to collaborate on key opportunities and challenges facing the Canadian workforce and agreed to work together to conduct broad-based consultations on the annual $3 billion investment in labour market transfer agreements to ensure they are responsive to the needs of Canadians. Ministers made the announcement on June 28 after a videoconference meeting of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), where they also approved next steps for the creation of the Labour Market Information Council.

Consultations will take place over the summer months to gather perspectives from a broad range of stakeholders to look at ways to improve the transfer agreements and inform future investments. This work will help support provincial and territorial employment and training programs that address labour market needs in a fast-changing economy. These consultations will be held across Canada, online and through written submissions with a wide range of experts, stakeholders and individual Canadians. Information regarding these consultations will be posted on the FLMM website.

Read the Press Release

Hollowing out the middle: Recasting federal workforce development programs



All developed countries invest in workforce development. These are measures designed to attract and retain talent, solve skills deficiencies, improve the quality of the workplace, and enhance the competitiveness of local firms. They are also meant to incorporate the disadvantaged, integrate immigrants, and help the unemployed find work. Government intervention is necessary to improve market efficiency, pro­mote equal opportunity, and ensure social and geographic mobility among citizens.

As a domain that straddles both social and economic policy, workforce develop­ment is particularly complicated in Canada. This is because our Constitution is am­biguous on whether this is an area of federal or provincial responsibility. Most pro­grams, like postsecondary education and apprenticeship, are clearly under provincial control, but there is less certainty around measures to help the unemployed. Before the Second World War, it was accepted that these kinds of programs were under provincial responsibility. Often the federal government helped financially. After the devastation of the Depression in the 1930s, the federal government and all the provinces agreed, in 1940, to a constitutional amendment transferring significant responsibilities to Ottawa through a national unemployment insurance program.

By the 1990s, Ottawa dominated the policy area through a network of about 500 Canada Employment Centres across the country, delivering both income sup­port and employment services. In 1996, the federal Liberal government offered to transfer responsibility for employment services back to the provinces. Ottawa kept responsibility for income support. It did this by concluding a series of agreements paid for out of money contributed by employers and workers to the employment insurance (EI) fund. Ottawa’s intention was to show “flexible federalism” follow­ing the Quebec referendum on sovereignty.

When the Harper Conservatives came to power in 2006, the job was half done, with devolved labour market development agreements or LMDAs signed in eight jurisdictions. There were co-managed agreements in the remaining five. The new government aspired to have “the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible workforce in the world.” To achieve this goal, not only did the government need to figure out what to do, but the equally important question of who should do it also needed to be worked out.

The chapter looks at the Harper government’s record in workforce development since 2006.

Read the full chapter on Policy Alternatives

Federal Election 2015: What Place for Employment and Training?


The current election campaigning has heard much about the economy and some about jobs. However, very little has been said specifically about how sustainable economy and employment goals will be achieved on the ground in communities across Canada. We are asking political parties to communicate their position on this issue and to commit to ensuring that all people have access to community-based services that support their pursuit of meaningful employment and social inclusion.

Read our Position Paper