COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Aboriginal Peoples

ALIS: What Works – Aboriginal Peoples – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with aboriginal peoples, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Francophone Community

Franco Partage – A new website with resources for employment service providers seeking information in French for the benefit of francophone clients seeking career assistance. Requires registration and log-in.

Newcomers/Immigrants

Ottawa Community Loan Fund – Newcomer Finances Toolkit – A toolkit to help service providers address financial topics with the newcomers in your program; includes an online practice bank machine.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB): Work Ready – Resources for counselling, hiring and working with internationally-trained individuals.

CCLB: Work Ready Tools for non-regulated skilled or semi-skilled occupations – Resources and activities that can be used with newcomer clients preparing to work in non-regulated skilled and semi-skilled occupations.

ALIS: What Works – Immigrants – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with immigrants, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Older & Restarting Workers

Working with Mature Workers – Presentation by Tony Gilchrist at Employment Network Group (ENG) quarterly meeting on December 4, 2013.

ALIS: What Works – Older Workers – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with older workers, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Persons with Disabilities

A Service Provider’s Companion to Disability and The Justice System – Prepared by Reach Canada; available in English in HTMLPDF and French inHTMLPDF)

ALIS: What Works – Persons with Developmental Disabilities – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with persons with developmental disabilities, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Persons in the Criminal Justice System

What Works – Ex Offenders – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with ex-offenders, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Women

ALIS: What Works – Gender – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with women versus men (focused primarily on working with women), prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Youth

ALIS:  What Works – Youth – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with youth, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

ALIS: What Works – Sexual Minorities – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with sexual minorities (GLBTQ), prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Centre for Youth Crime Prevention – Provides resources on youth crime and victimization issues such as bullying, Internet safety, dating violence and impaired driving, among others.

Stepping Stones, A Resource on Youth Development – A resource guide to help those who support youth such as governments, families, teachers and youth-serving organizations – better understand how young people develop.

BASIC NEEDS

Dealing with Financial Challenges

ALIS: What Works – Persons with Low Income – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with persons with low income, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

Ottawa Community Loan Fund – Newcomer Finances Toolkit – A toolkit to help service providers address financial topics with the newcomers in your program; includes an online practice bank machine.

PERSONAL CHALLENGES

ALIS: What Works – Persons with Mental Health Disabilities – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with persons with mental health disabilities, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

EXPLORE OPTIONS

Identifying Capabilities

Canadian Language Benchmarks: Resources for Employers, Counselors and Workers – A variety of resources for those working with people with English as a second language.

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Recognizing Your Prior Learning – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in recognizing their prior learning; site also provides a powerpoint presentationthat can be used with job seekers.

Exploring Aptitude & Interest

Easy Reading Help: Career Advisors – Materials for career advisors working with adults with low literacy or English as a second language; occupational and career planning information for adults reading at a Grade 2 to 3 level (while some of these Government of Alberta materials are available to order at a low cost; many are free to download).

Guidance Counsellor Resource Page – Saint Paul University – This one-stop information centre is designed to assist guidance counsellors in discovering what Saint Paul University has to offer its students.

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Planning Your Career – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in career planning; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

Taking the Entrepreurship Route

Code Factory – Shared office space where entrepreneurs can work and connect.

Exploriem – Office space and other resources for those looking to start their own business.

HUB Ottawa – Forum for networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs as well as a shared workspace.

Invest Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre – Resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and information about seminars and events on entrepreneurship.

Mercury Grove – Startup accelerator in Ottawa that helps build the entrepreneurial community.

Ontario Works: Self Employment – An Ontario Works employment activity that supports participants, who have a realistic business idea, to successfully develop their business (generally full-time but part-time may be approved).

Ottawa Young Entrepreneurs – Collaborative project between the four Ottawa post-secondary institutions designed to provide resources, mentorship and other programs to help young entrepreneurs succeed.

Startup Canada – Network for entrepreneurs to share information, resources, and engage in the entrepreneurial community.

FOCUS ON LEARNING

Building New Capabilities

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Recognizing Your Prior Learning – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in recognizing their prior learning; site also provides a powerpoint presentationthat can be used with job seekers.

Apprenticesearch: Apprenticeship information – Information to help employment counselors working with clients interested in apprenticeships.

Power of Trades: List of Apprenticeable trades – Quick reference list of apprenticeable trades chart that reflects recent changes brought on by the implementation of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

Improving Literacy & Essential Skills

Ontario Skills Passport Activity Sets – Choose activity sets to practice and build your skills based on assessment results and occupations of interest.

Build Your Career with Essential Skills – Free Essential Skills Learning Plans available online.

CSC’s Essential Skills for Ontario’s Trades People – Click on Build Your Skills to get fully customized learning plans featuring online lessons, based on your assessments.

CPSC Essential Skills – Specific to plastics and manufacturing, personalized learning plans and targeted learning materials based on assessments, developed by the Canadian Plastics Sector Council.

ESDC Learning and Training Supports – Includes Learning and Training Supports to build essential skills and for the trades, from the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.

ITA Essential Skills Building  Website developed to help people succeed during their apprenticeship, helps build essential skills based on individual assessments, developed by BC’s Industry Training Authority (ITA).

La Cité – Compétence essentialles – Information on essential skills from La Cité.

JOB SEARCH

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting an Effective Job Search – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in conducting an effective job search; site also provides a powerpoint presentationthat can be used with job seekers.

Understanding the Canadian Workplace

Integration-Net Professional Development – Profession-specific information on a variety of topics ranging from service standards and working conditions to funding and staffing for those working with newcomers.

Prevention is the Best Medicine – A toolkit designed by the Institution for Health and Work for service providers to teach newcomers to Ontario about occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation.

Getting Organized & Preparing Résumés

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building a Career Portfolio – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in building a career portfolio; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Writing Cover Letters – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in writing cover letters; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Writing Résumés – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in writing résumés; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

Finding & Applying for Jobs

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Completing Applications – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in completing application forms; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

Handling Interviews

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide to Outstanding Interviews – A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in preparing for interviews; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

SUCCEED & GROW

Career Development Manitoba: A Practitioner’s Guide to Success in the Workplace – A comprehensive pdf guide with information, tips, tools and stories to help people be successful at work, including starting the job and career advancement.