The education system has a significant role to play in ensuring that young people are prepared for futures that may no longer include one clear career or life path.
Our research on course choices, careers and guidance
Preparing students for the future: New careers curriculum has greater focus on transferable skills
The province has announced that new Careers curriculum will be introduced in the fall with the aim of ensuring “our young people are better prepared to transition from the journey of learning seamlessly into the…
A student vision for education in Ontario
The Ontario Student Trustees’ Association has released The Students’ Vision for Education, with recommendations to transform every facet of the education system.
Roadmaps and Roadblocks: Career and life planning, guidance, and streaming in Ontario’s schools
Highlights from "Roadmaps and roadblocks", our report on the policies, programs, and resources available to support students’ career and life planning. The report is based on findings from the Annual Ontario School Survey.
Navigating post-secondary pathways
At People for Education’s annual conference, a group of educators, parents, and policymakers talked about the reality of post-secondary and career choices in today’s world, and how to address the challenges students face.
2018 Annual report on schools: The new basics
People for Education's Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.…
Province to fund mental health workers in schools
By 2020, most high schools will have their own mental health worker.
More guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8
The province has announced increases in per pupil funding for guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8.
Guidance 2018: Expanding roles limited access
This report shows a disconnect between the roles that guidance counsellors are expected to fill and the amount of time they are available to fill those roles.
Career and life planning in schools
While Ontario has aspirations for a comprehensive careers strategy in education, data from our 2016/17 survey show challenges, particularly in the implementation of the career/life planning policy.
School guidance counsellors 2016
In recent years, the role of the school guidance counsellor has expanded beyond the traditional role of providing education and career advice.
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High school courses and choices
Ontario's high schools offer a wide variety of courses and programs to meet the needs of students. The decisions students make starting in grade 9 can have an impact on their post-secondary options. Learn more about the course choices available and why it is important to consider these choices very carefully.
In the news
Ottawa Citizen: Ontario is poised to require every high school student take four online courses. What does it mean?
The provincial government has announced that secondary school students will be required to take four out of 30 high school credits as online courses.
CityNews: Program to help students plan for jobs, adulthood, falling short: report
“We have to be preparing students with the skills that will allow them to do any job as they wind their way to adulthood.” - Annie Kidder
EdCan Research Watch: Roadmaps and roadblocks: career and life planning, guidance, and streaming in Ontario’s schools
Our latest report is one of the papers featured in the February 26 edition of EdCan Network's Research Watch page.