What’s New


  • We’ve moved! While our virtual coordinates remain the same, our mailing and other contact information is now:

18 Spadina Rd., Suite 200
Toronto, ON. M5R 2S7
Tel: (416) 929-9668
Fax: (416) 923-2536

  • We’ve been updating the information in our Registry of Organizations and Agencies. If you’ve got a listing in this database, please ensure that the information is current – users turn to this section for referral and contact information, both for themselves and for their clients. If you would like to be added to the list, please go to: www.contactpoint.ca/.
  • If you are a frequent user of the Resource Centre, you will appreciate our newest addition. Now you can further your on-line research for career, employment and world of work issues through the Electric Library. We’re pleased to announce our newest affiliation with Electric Library Canada, whose database of periodical articles is a good compliment to our own growing database of resources, papers and journal abstracts. Visit the Contact Point Resource Centre and follow the link to the Electric Library. Go to:www.contactpoint.ca.



What’s New


We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural edition of The Canadian Journal of Career Development is now available on-line. Through our partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland, you can subscribe to and view this journal free of charge athttp://cjcd.contactpoint.ca.

We have launched a new section on Contact Point devoted to Mentoring Resources. Here you’ll find resources, links, articles and more. If you have a mentoring resource to share with others, let us know at admin@contactpoint.ca

Also new for 2002, you’ll find a section on Contact Point for Practitioner Awards and Bursaries. We have started an initial list and request that if your organization offers an award of excellence in the field, or provides a bursary supporting on-going learning or professional development in the field, please let us know at admin@contactpoint.ca



What’s New


  • First things first — Congratulations to Anita Makokis, from A.C.C.E.S.S. in Edmonton Alberta for winning a free registration to NATCON 2002 through our scratch and win cards at this year’s NATCON. Hope to see you at the conference next year!
  • We are pleased to announce that Keltie Creed has joined the Contact Point staff – that puts us to TWO full time staff people bringing you YOUR Contact Point! You may recall Keltie’s article in the Summer 1999 Bulletin, Exploring Online Counselling. She was one of the first people to work full time online providing one to one counselling to persons with disabilities and individuals who are isolated and unable to meet with a counsellor in person. She has also facilitated numerous virtual workshops and meetings, as well as designing an e-course for practitioners interested in exploring online counselling. Her employment related articles have appeared on several magazines and web sites. Keltie is a graduate of the George Brown Career and Work Counsellor program and the University of Calgary. Welcome aboard, Keltie!
  • In March, we launched C-SPACE, an interactive area of Contact Point featuring live chat seminars, discussions and networking. Read below to find out more about Virtual Chats at C-SPACE, including the Job Developers Networking Group.
  • In April, we added The Canadian Journal of Career Development to our site features. Visit the Journal at cjcd.contactpoint.ca



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For More Information

Need more info? Here are some contacts:

Under the terms of the Canadian Constitution, each province and territory has the responsibility for apprenticeship training. The legislation permits each jurisdiction to designate occupations for apprenticeship.

General information: contact the Department of Advanced Education and Career Development – central office, phone (403) 427-8765, www.tradesecrets.org

British Columbia
General inquiries: contact the Ministry of Education – Skills and Training Division, (250) 387-4611 or the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, at www.gov.bc.ca/aett/

For information on apprenticeship contact the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission, www.aved.gov.bc.ca/industrytraining/

For information on training programs and locations throughout the province, contact the Ministry of Labour – College & Institutional Planning Branch, (250) 356-8382

General information: contact the Department of Education and Training, www.gov.mb.ca/educate/index.html

For information on apprenticeship and trades training contact the Apprenticeship Division, (204) 945-3337 or www.gov.mb.ca/educate/apprent/

New Brunswick
General information: contact the Department of Education, (506) 453-3678. For information on apprenticeship programs contact The Department of Advanced Education and Labour – Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification at (506) 453-2260.

General information: contact the Department of Education and Training, (709) 729-5097, career information for apprenticeship hotline, 1-800-563-6600. www.edu.gov.nf.ca/division/ineducat/instined.htm

North West Territories
General information: contact the Department of Education, Culture and Employment Government of the Northwest Territories, (867) 920-3422

Nova Scotia
General information contact the Department of Education and Culture, (902) 424-5605. http://apprenticeship.ednet.ns.ca

General information: contact the Department of Education, (867) 857-3050

General information: contact the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, (416) 325-2929 for local calls, or 1-800-387-5514, www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/apprenticeship/appren.html For list of Apprenticeship offices call the Training Hotline at (416) 326-5656 or 1-800-387-5656.

Prince Edward Island
General information: contact the Office of Higher Education Training and Adult Learning, (902) 368-5988 or see www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/Government/GovInfo/Education_and_Learning/Continuing_Education_and_Training/

For information on apprenticeship programs contact the Department of Education – Higher Education and Training, Apprenticeship Training Officer – (902) 368-4464.

Le ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale www.mess.gouv.qc.ca

General Inquiries: contact Saskatchewan Department of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training, phone (306)787-2010 or in Saskatoon, phone (306)933-5027. Apprenticeship training questions: Department of Apprenticeship and Trade Certification, phone (306) 787-2439 or www.sasked.gov.sk.ca

General Information: contact the Department of Education www.education.gov.yk.ca


Other related documentation, information
and web links:


Aboriginal Participation in Apprenticeship:
Making it Work!

Report of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Projects Steering Committee (CLFDB, CCDA, HRDC, IAABC and the Aboriginal community), June 1999, ISBN 1-895813-76-X.

Apprenticeship in Canada: An Overview,
presentation made at the 1999 National Apprenticeship Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Doug Muir, Director of Apprenticeship for the province of Saskatchewan, June 1999. Copies available through the CCDA Secretariat at 140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 5th Floor HULL, K1A 0J9
Email: redseal-sceaurouge.response-reponse@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

CCDA Newsletter
Winter 2001 issue. Available through the CCDA Secretariat at 140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 5th Floor HULL, K1A 0J9

Ellis Chart:
Comparative chart of over 200 apprenticeship training programs offered in each jurisdictions. Available in the fall of 2001 through the Red Seal website www.red-seal.ca
Email: redseal-sceaurouge.response-reponse@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

National Occupational Analyses:
Series of publications detailing the tasks accomplished by journeypersons within individual trades or occupations. Available through the Red Seal website www.red-seal.ca
Email: redseal-sceaurouge.response-reponse@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Opportunity Knocks:
8-page publication hi-lighting career opportunities in the trades. To order copies: opportunityknocks@realm.net

Red Seal Website
Official site of the Interprovincial Standards ‘Red Seal’ Program; various publications, such as the Ellis Chart and National Occupational Analyses, can be ordered through this site. As well, the site contains information on the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) and the apprenticeship system in Canada.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF):
Newly established committee whose membership includes representatives from business, labour, education and equity (persons with disabilities, women, visible minorities and aboriginal peoples) groups. For more information please contact the CAF office at 116 Albert Street, Suite 701, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G3. Telephone: (613) 235-4004 e-mail: info@caf-fca.org.


(Listed by official trade numbers)

1. Boilermaker
2. Bricklayer
3. Carpenter
4. Construction Electrician
5. Cook
6. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
7. Industrial Electrician
8. Industrial Instrument Mechanic
9. Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
10. Powerline Technician
11. Machinist
12. Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
13. Automotive Service Technician
14. Oil Burner Mechanic
15. Painter and Decorator
16. Plumber
17. Electronics Technician (Consumer Products)
18. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
19. Sheet Metal Worker
20. Sprinkler System Installer
21. Steamfitter/Pipefitter
22. Welder
23. Roofer
24. Truck and Transport Mechanic
25. Hairstyling
26. Glazier
27. Cabinetmaker
28. Baker
29. Floorcovering Installer
30. Partsperson
31. Mobile Crane Operator
32. Insulator (Heat and Frost)
33. Ironworker (Generalist)
34. Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
35. Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
36. Tool and Die Maker
37. Farm Equipment Mechanic
38. Automotive Painter
39. Motorcycle Mechanic
40. Truck-Trailer Repairer
41. Concrete Finisher
42. Appliance Service Technician
43. Electric Motor System Technician
44. Recreation Vehicle Service Technician


Apprenticeship Stats, Facts and Tips


In Canada, 1 out of 7 people who work has a trade certificate.
Source: 1996 Census of Canada, Statistics Canada

According to recent trade grads: 93% are satisfied with their current jobs; 73% would make the same educational choice again.
Job Futures 2000, Human Resources Development Canada

Approximately 177,700 people were registered in trades apprenticeship training programs in 1998.
Statistics Canada, The Daily. September 19, 2000.

As of January 1, 2000 a total of 317,488 Red Seals have been issued to skilled workers across Canada. This averages out in excess of 11,600 Red Seals issued per year for the last five years.
CCDA newsletter November 2000

Newfoundland has 600-700 new apprentice positions per year.
The Apprenticeship System in Newfoundland and Labrador, pdf report,

North West Territories apprenticeship training occurs at the rate of 19.5 apprentices per thousand within the active labour force, double the national average. Over the next 10 years, 14,000 jobs will become available in the construction sector alone in NWT
CCDA Newsletter, June 2001
www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/hrib/hrp-prh/redseal/english/ccda/ccdaJune01/news01_e.shtml – news011

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is working to plan a National Apprenticeship Conference in 2002. This Conference will build on the momentum from the two previous apprenticeship conferences and will provide a venue and meeting place for the entire apprenticeship community. 613-235-4004
CCDA Newsletter, June 2001

With only 9% of Canada’s population, Alberta trains 19% of the country’s apprentices. Emerging occupations in Alberta are Steel Detailer and 29 new occupations in oilfield service, supply and manufacturing.
Update Apprenticeship News June 2001

There is a serious shortage of skilled workers in the Pulp and Paper industry. 49% of their trades people could retire within 3 years. There are currently only 123 apprentices. Report from The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (CEP_PPWC) gives detailed info on how many apprentices and workers eligible to retire in various sectors.

BC Ministry of Advanced Education Training and Technology has a target of creating 50,000 new apprenticeships in the next 4 years

In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies. In 1998, that number was less than 20%.
Skills Canada

Many more people in the skilled trades are retiring than are entering the system. The hardest-hit industries will be manufacturing, construction, petroleum production and transportation.
Skills Canada

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association forecasts a 42% vacancy rate for skilled trades by 2007 — nearly 34,000 jobs but only 20,000 skilled workers will be available.
Skills Canada

Skilled tool and die makers in the Windsor area — with overtime factored in — can quite easily average $100,000 annually.
Canadian Machinery and Metalworking, June 2000


Unions may have training programs as well. Check their website, newsletter or local office.

Women may be able to find information on apprenticeship through organizations for women in non-traditional trades.

Don’t forget apprenticeships in fine arts. These are not regulated, but have a long tradition. Some are formal, such as EQUITY and ACTRA for performing artists, and others are informal as in professional development arts grants for visual artists.



Apprenticeship Toolkit: Connecting Students to Opportunities in Skilled Trades


Toronto District School Board, 2000, three ring binder format
ISBN 1-55000-570-7

The Apprenticeship Toolkit is a resource for teachers, counsellors and students wishing to learn about apprenticeship in Ontario. Much of the information could also be used by residents of other provinces, as the majority of the trades featured are eligible for the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.

It begins with an overview of apprenticeship, and lists the Compulsory Trades which require a Certificate of Qualification or registration as an apprentice in order to practice, as well as those which are Voluntary Trades. It also mentions the Tools for Trade loan program and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program which allows a student to begin their apprenticeship while in high school.

The second section is for resource listings of books, web sites and videos with general information about trades or apprenticeship. The next resource is a chart showing the skills trades courses offered by each southern Ontario community college.

The primary content, however, is the monographs for the skilled trades in the auto service, construction, manufacturing and service sectors as well as the Canadian Forces. Each monograph is 2 pages, listing a short work description, the length of apprenticeship, education required, average earnings, desired qualities, work prospects, associations and unions and resources specific to that trade. The Canadian Forces monographs are copies of the National Defense official occupational descriptions.

The only surprise was the omission of Welding as an occupation, as it is one of the Red Seal trades and they list welding courses in the Community College section. However, as noted on each monograph, the binder format allows for additions and revisions (which will be necessary where web sites are referenced), so perhaps this is planned for the future.

To order a copy or for more information please contact:

Apprenticeship Toolkit,
140 Borough Drive, 3rd Floor,
Scarborough, ON. M1P 4N6
(fax) 416-396-5444
email: emil.boychuk@gmail.com




By Dianne Seed

Employers and apprenticeship candidates/apprentices can now link up via the internet on the website www.apprenticesearch.com. This free service was initially piloted in Halton Region, but after great success, expanded to nearby Peel and Dufferin, encompassing the larger cities of Brampton, Mississauga, Orangeville, Caledon plus the surrounding areas. Informational areas of the website such as About Trades, Corporate and Training Profiles, What’s New, Trade Talk, Leads on Jobs are open to anyone with an interest about finding out more about the skilled trades.

The website was developed in partnership by the Halton Industry Education Council and Human Resources Development Canada in response to shortages of workers in the skilled trades, which has reached a critical point as many tradespeople continue to retire. Combined with a lack of awareness by young people about opportunities in apprenticeship and the skilled trades, one can foresee further shortages that will negatively impact on industrial productivity, labour market growth and the ability to compete in the local labour market and further afield.

Peel Halton Dufferin employers use the website to post apprenticeship job opportunities, and Peel Halton Dufferin applicants apply on-line after posting a personal profile, employability skills chart and a resume which the employer can then view. So far, over 600 applicants have registered, with approximately 300 apprentices/apprenticeship candidates choosing to post personal profiles, and 140 employers have registered, posting approximately 110 job vacancies.

apprenticesearch.com also provides a successful template for other communities facing similar skill shortages, and can be easily adapted to reflect local news and information relevant to specific communities. Marketing material has also been developed to support roll-out of apprenticesearch.com in any community or region.

If you are interested in finding out how the apprenticesearch.com solution can work for your community, please call the Halton Industry Education Council at 905-634-2575, or visit the website, www.apprenticesearch.com, and select Contact Us.


What’s New


As we launch the fifth volume of the Contact Point Bulletin, we thought it would be appropriate to recap our history, give thanks to those who got us here, and look ahead to the future.

President’s Report

In the summer of 1996, practitioners from various sectors came together to look at developing a resource for career services professionals. A number of brainstorming exercises, followed by more indepth focus groups helped refine the scope of the work ahead. In January 1997, at NATCON, the site was formally launched for the career practitioner community. This mammoth task could not have been accomplished in a short six months if it were not for the support and commitment of numerous practitioners who gave of their time and expertise to ensure that Contact Point would be the premier website for Canadian career service professionals from the moment it went live. Thank you!

Since it’s inception in 1996 Contact Point has been ‘practitioner’ driven. That is to say that the website was created and designed by practitioners for the needs of practitioners. We continue today with a strong practitioner led Board of Directors drawn from the fields of career counselling and related vocations from coast to coast. Members of the Board bring their expertise from the post secondary education sector, the private sector and the non-profit and voluntary community based sectors. Contact Point has continued to operate from its home base in Toronto with support from The Counselling Foundation of Canada and fee-for-service contracts.

The number of visitors to the site has grown exponentially over the past year. This is in part due to the extended outreach and marketing efforts of the staff and Board. Our outreach continues as we participate in conferences across Canada, conduct focus group sessions and distribute promotional materials at various international career management conferences. Information, materials and resources provided on the site are relevant and timely because of our focus on the needs of the community that we serve.

The past year was pivotal for Contact Point’s future. As we envisioned 5 years ago, there was much to be done in the career development online environment. There also was much unknown about the online venue. We anticipated that using technology as our primary delivery vehicle we would require upgrades and developmental changes as the digital world developed. And how it has.

We are now engaged in a series of upgrades and a site restructuring that includes changes to the features and functionality of our website that will support our leading edge service delivery for the foreseen future. In addition, with these and other anticipated new opportunities, we hired our second full time staff person (Keltie Creed) to assist our Executive Director, Riz Ibrahim. These dedicated staff in partnership with our volunteers will ensure that we move to our future vision with a new energy.

None of this would have been possible without the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada – a very progressive private family foundation with an objective to support innovative and relevant services to the career counselling field. The support that Contact Point has received over the years cannot be understated. When the internet was an unknown commodity, we were trusted to bring new offerings to the online environment – when many online offerings experienced difficult times in recent years – The Counselling Foundation of Canada was true to the objectives and supported the re-structuring of the website (now underway). We are truly endebted to them for our existence and for our ongoing relevance to our target communities.

As we look forward, we do so in unison with practitioners across Canada to ensure that Contact Point will continue to be your main resource and professional development centre on-line. We have used our Contact Point C-SPACE community chats to nurture networking and support for job developers, and will continue to use this technology to bring other networking and professional development opportunities for our users (such as the chat with Danniel Star on Emotional Intelligence at Work, March 2001). As we develop more strategic partnerships and alliances in the months and years ahead, we hope to bring you a host of additional tools and resources. As always, our ears are open to your suggestions and needs.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Contact Point, I want to thank all of the volunteers, career practitioners and counsellors who visit our site and provide us with valuable feedback and support. Contact Point is committed to deliver services and resources that support you in the valuable work that you do.

Best Regards

Donna Walters


In April and May of 2001, we asked practitioners to provide us with input of what they liked and disliked at contactpoint.ca. We asked them also to identify resources and features they would find beneficial in a revamped site. Practitioners were asked to give their input either on-line or in person through questionnaires or focus groups. As an added incentive, one name from those who participated in this process would be drawn to win a free early bird registration to NATCON 2002. We are pleased to announce that Bev Archer of the Hamilton Job Finding Club is the winner. Congratulations Bev – see you at NATCON next January. And thanks to all those to provided us with their valuable comments!


Coming in August – NATCON 2001 Papers will be available on-line in the weeks that follow. Once again, you will be able to view published papers for the year’s National Consultation on Career Development (NATCON) conference held in January in Ottawa. Go to: http://www.contactpoint.ca/resources. You’ll find both English and French resources here. To find out more about NATCON, visit their site at: www.natcon.org


Coming in the Fall – C-SPACE gets heated up with more Job Developers Networking and Chat.

All of the Job Developers Chats have been facilitated by volunteer Lisa Hoekstra – thanks Lisa for all your time and commitment to ensure that Job Developers have a venue to connect with one another.

Look out for a series of networking and support chats on Getting into Private Practice.


What’s New @cjdc.contactpoint.ca

As the summer months leisurely roll by there has been a great deal of activity ongoing in preparation for the launch of the Canadian Journal of Career Development (Volume 1, No. 1). It has been encouraging to see first hand the significant research that is occurring in Canada on career development. Research from many sectors including but not limited to corporate, secondary, post-secondary, non profit and cross sectoral. Numerous articles have been submitted and are currently being reviewed by our peer reviewers. This process normally takes 4 – 6 weeks to complete and then comments are forwarded back to the authors for the appropriate action. In the interim we hope to sit down with our layout and design team to format the cover and contents. Launch date is late fall 2001. It is truly an exciting time!

The interest and support for this initiative has been outstanding. We have had emails of support from others in Australia, England and Ireland. Most impressive has been the support from authors completing research in Canada. Whether the author is a graduate student whose three years of research for their dissertation has finally concluded, or a professional in the field for the past 25 years, no longer does the research have to sit on a shelf and gather dust. It can now be displayed to the world to assist others coming after us to guide the way or add to the debate on current practice or theory.

With the launch of the inaugural edition we will making history. The CJCD not only provides an outlet for the dissemination of research and best practices but it also provides an opportunity for career professionals in this country to have their own journal to show the world what it is we do in the career development field in Canada. I have always believed that we do a great deal of wonderful career development work and research in Canada and we need to start telling people about some of that work. We hope this publication will help to tell our story.

To those of you who have submitted articles, thank you for your contributions. To those of you who by your support have assisted us to reach this point, we would also like to thank you, for without that support we would not be where we are today. To those of you who would like to submit an article, please do. This volume is just the beginning.

I hope you enjoy the first volume of this publication and consider it your own.

Robert Shea
Founding Editor
Canadian Journal of Career Development

To subscribe to this free journal, go to: Subscription Page




Book Club


Self-Promotion for the Creative Person : Get the Word Out About Who You Are and What You Do
By Lee T. Silber
Three Rivers Press, 2001, ISBN: 0609806262
Review by Heather Gregory, Conestoga College practicum student

Self Promotion for the Creative Individual was written specifically for those right-brained folk who think and act in a creative manner, having a tendency to envision and create products that are truly a reflection of their own individualism. This includes writers, artists, artisans and anyone who has a passion to create. It is noted that right-brained individuals think and perform tasks differently than those not so creatively inclined. They may be disorganized and unfocused except when it comes to their creativity and the last thing on their minds is job search. This book is a tool to focus the creative individual on the basics of job search techniques.

Topics covered include organization, marketing your self as well as your product, knowing what you want and focusing on how to get it. It also gives advice on how to direct attention to your self so that you stand out from the rest of the crowd, but perhaps more importantly, it helps you define what you do and how it benefits the public.

Counsellors can use this as a basis for discussion and a motivational tool. The author discusses basic job strategies such as networking, appearance, follow-up and he stresses techniques for organization in job search. He also includes information on using the Internet, including the basics of setting up a web site. The book offers a broad view of career development but does not get into specifics of theory nor offer any statistical evidence that the methods work. There are no suggested exercises but there are sensible suggestions by the author to keep the reader focused on job search. It would be in the counsellor’s best interest to discuss and perhaps follow up with the client on the success of the author’s suggestions.