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10 associations Ontario career professionals might want to join
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10 associations Ontario career professionals should consider joining

Ontario offers a wealth of opportunities for professionals working in career development to connect with other people in their field. Whether your focus is on Indigenous career counselling, co-operative education or employment for people with disabilities, for example, you’ll likely find an association of interest below.

Association of Municipal Employment Services (AMES)

AMES strives to create an environment of continuous learning to help members assist jobseekers in addressing and overcoming barriers. It facilitates this goal by offering creative and informative training/networking opportunities that provide staff with valuable tools and approaches for administering employment services.

Association of Career Educators (ACE)

ACE is a non-profit organization of individual leaders passionate about the process of career development. It offers programs and services promoting communication about career development among youth, adults and educators.

Education at Work Ontario (EWO)

EWO strives to promote and foster co-operative education of the highest quality, while ensuring an integral partnership between students, employers and post-secondary educational institutions. Education at Work Ontario has a membership of over 180 co-op educators, working with more than 40,000 co-op students, at 37 colleges and universities.

International Coach Federation (Toronto)

As a leading chapter of the International Coach Federation, ICF Toronto builds, supports and preserves the integrity of the coaching profession. Its members are business and personal coaches who follow professional standards set by the ICF and adhere to its code of ethics.

Ontario Association of Career Management (OACM)

OACM is dedicated to advancing the knowledge, service delivery and livelihood of career management professionals across Ontario. OACM provides access to an extensive network of career practitioners, networking events, virtual learning and partner events.

Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA)

OCEA is a professional organization of Ontario co-operative education and experiential learning professionals. Member benefits include attending OCEA-sponsored events, workshops and conferences at reduced rates.

Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN)

ODEN is a professional body of employment service providers united to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability. It has more than 100 member agencies, all in the business of helping people with a disability get into the workforce.

Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)

ONECA is founded upon principles that recognize that the development of Native communities requires tools and programs designed specifically to improving Native counselling and education services. Members get reduced registration fees for ONECA’s annual conference.

Ontario School Counsellor’s Association (OSCA) / Association des conseillères et des conseillers d’orientation scolaire de l’Ontario (ACOSO)

OSCA provides leadership and support in guidance and career education for guidance teacher-counsellors and students. It hosts an annual conference, which features awards recognizing those who stand out in the field of guidance and career education.

Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO) Association

The CDPCBO provides certification to career development practitioners’ in Ontario. Benefits of belonging to its association include eligibility to apply for the Career Development Practitioner certificate and access to a broad provincial career development network.

Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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