The non-profit Transitions Canada Coalition is a platform for collaboration among education ecosystem stakeholders to identify, enhance, test, and scale transformative innovations to better prepare students to  transition from school to success in life and 21st-century careers

We are based in the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), the Mi'kmaq and the Passamaquoddy First Nations.

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 TCC offers two “proof of concept” projects to demonstrate the potential of pan-Canadian collaboration based on their alignment with the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada’s Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions.

What are the Expectations of Partners?

Tentative Project Partners include the participating Provinces and Territories (Education and Labour), Canadian Council for Career Development, Labour Market Information Council, Business Council of Canada, Indigenous representation, PM’s Youth Council, Skills Canada, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, ESDC Youth Strategy and LMI Directorates, and potentially others.

  • Expectations of project partners do not include funding. Any expenses incurred to attend Pan- Canadian Advisory Group (P-CAG) meetings or other multi-jurisdiction project activities will be covered by Transitions Canada in accordance with Federal Treasury Board Guidelines.

  • Project partners will each designate a point person to the P-CAG with appropriate knowledge and experience who can accurately represent the needs, interests, and expectations – the consensus voice - of her or his constituency to P-CAG. He or she will have the authority to reach consensus agreement with P-CAG colleagues on project specifications and collectively authorize Transitions Canada to proceed.


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The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs is Canada’s common language framework of competencies needed by Canadians of all ages to self-reliantly manage their careers. Its genesis was the National Career Development Guidelines created by the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee/State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (NOICC/SOICC) in the U.S. The project was mobilized by the National Life/Work Centre. The stages of this project were:

  • Career Consultants from provincial and territorial departments of education and advanced education, labor, social development, and relevant professional associations were convened and agree on initial 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 schools and community settings, and 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 made available to all Canadians.

  • 15 years after project funding ended, 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.


Under the National Life/Work Centre’s leadership, The Real Game became the world’s most widely used experiential career learning program.  NLWC invited all CCIP partners and NOICC, and 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. In addition, an Indigenous and Northern edition was developed in partnership with First Nations. 6 US editions were created and distributed to over 30,000 US schools. The national governments of the United Kingdom, France, Australian, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Greece also developed their own editions. At its peak in 2005, over 100,000 classrooms globally were playing The Real Game on any given day.​​​


Canada Prospects was the Canada Career Information Partnership’s first pan-Canadian project in 1991. All Provinces and Territories collaborated in developing and distributing this annual labour market information tabloid. The stages were as follows:

  • Representatives of all provinces and territories met to agree on common themes for students and young adult career seekers, including those from under-represented groups.

  • Each province and territory committed to producing at least one engaging article addressing agreed themes.

  • The project team merged the articles into tabloid format, added an insert with labor market information on 250-300 in-demand occupations across Canada, such as key tasks, education/training required, wages, outlook, etc., and translated all content.

  • A digital master was provided to jurisdictions wishing to localize content. They would print and distribute their own editions (i.e., Ontario Prospects, Manitoba Prospects, Perspectives Nouveau-Brunswick, etc.).

  • Some provinces and territories chose to distribute the national edition of Canada Prospects.

  • Over 15 million copies of local and national editions of Prospects were distributed over a 15-year period.

  • 25 years after the first Canada Prospects were printed Saskatchewan still produces Relevance annually.