The following is a list of organizations across the province that are doing
complementary work to CEL:
The Ontario Business Education Partnership (OBEP): OBEP is an umbrella group of not-for-profit business education councils that have worked collaboratively for more than 25 years to support industry education partnerships in our communities throughout Ontario. Individual Industry Education Councils (IEC) have existed in Ontario for over 30 years. OBEP has a long history of working with the Ministry of Education to help extend learning beyond the classroom and supporting educators in the implementation of guidance and career education policy related to career/life planning.
The Learning Partnership: The Learning Partnership is a national charitable organization dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote, and advance publicly funded education in Canada. They do this through five key deliverables: innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence, and ongoing collaborations across Canada.
Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) Pilots: In 2016, Ontario launched Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilots to support modernizing employment and training programs and services. LEPCs promote place‐based approaches to workforce development while generating and analyzing local labour market information. They also drive local approaches to the planning and delivery of employment and training programs and services. A stated goal is to also improve local labour market conditions through enhanced collection and distribution of local labour market information. The ministry is piloting LEPCs in eight communities: Durham, London‐Middlesex‐Oxford‐Elgin, Ottawa, Peel‐Halton, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Timmins, and Windsor.
Experience Ontario Service Providers: These are the community‐based organizations selected to deliver the Ministry of Education’s Experience Ontario (EO) Program. EO is a pilot program for a limited number of recent high school graduates who have an interest in attending postsecondary education or apprenticeship training, but are uncertain of their next steps. Participants have access to career exploration opportunities, career coaching, and information about postsecondary education and apprenticeship training opportunities. This helps participants choose their postsecondary pathway (apprenticeship training, college or university) with confidence and meet labour market needs.
The Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI): OCWI is a leading-edge centre for research excellence that drives innovative approaches to employment and training programming and service delivery across the province, based on solid evidence. Its purpose is to provide a single coordinated access point for research on evidence‐based employment and training approaches for the Employment Ontario (EO) network and other partners, and access to user‐friendly actionable information, tools, resources, and training. To ensure OCWI is equipped to respond to regional needs, it has established four regional hubs: Toronto, Thunder Bay, London, and Kingston/Gananoque, as well as a Francophone coordinating centre in Sudbury.
Workforce Planning/Development Boards: Workforce Planning Ontario is made up of a network of 26 Workforce Planning/Development Board areas covering four regions across the province. These Boards gather intelligence about the supply of labour and the demand side of the local labour market by working with employers to identify and meet their current and emerging skills needs. The primary role of Workforce Planning/Development Boards is to help improve understanding of, and coordinate community responses to, labour market issues and needs.
The Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP): ONESTEP is a province‐wide umbrella organization for the community‐based training and employment sector. They are committed to the continued development of the career and employment sector. Employer Solutions is a stated priority area with the goal being to help employers understand and respond to supply/demand challenges.
First Work: First Work ‐ Ontario’s Youth Employment Network ‐ brings together the best providers of youth programming and employment services, business and industry leadership, academia, and government in developing solutions for youth employment. Their direct engagement with youth ensures that their services are relevant, culturally appropriate, and timely. One of First Work’s priority areas is to engage with employers to provide sustainable youth employment by discovering career pathways, creating youth-friendly workplaces, articulating skill requirements, and connecting youth to the local economy. It is within this framework that School‐to‐Work Transition and Experiential Learning is a stated area of focus.
Workforce Policy and Innovation Division (formerly Highly Skilled Workforce Division): This new MAESD Division will support transformation of employment for the new economy, providing leadership to the development and execution of strategies and programs to drive ongoing job creation for a modern and sustainable workforce.
The Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA): CESBA is a provincial non‐profit professional association that represents, advocates for and supports adult and continuing education (A&CE) program staff working in nearly 60 school boards across Ontario. Working collaboratively with school boards, community partners and policymakers, CESBA supports and builds capacity for professionals working in the A&CE sector.