3CD’s mandate is to strengthen the professional identity of all career development practitioners and to establish a coherent national voice on career and labour market development issues to influence policy and enhance service delivery for all Canadians.

To this end, 3CD strives to:

  • Provide access to clear information regarding the career development field, including certification initiatives and associated training
  • Provide a mechanism to keep the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners current and vital
  • Promote an evidence-based culture within the career development profession
  • Gather and disseminate research and evidence-based practice to inform and influence policy and best practice
  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with policy makers and stakeholders
  • Promote knowledge and practice exchange across all career development groups on issues such as certification to support practitioner mobility
  • Enhance relationships with the international career development community
  • Enhance collegiality within the career development profession to achieve agreed upon goals