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Making it Work!

Project Description

Funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), Canada Career Counselling seeks to understand the gap in regards to women’s career development and develop resources for employers and women experiencing maternity leave career transition.

Maternity leave transitions are influenced by a number of factors including age, marital status, education level, culture, and socio-economic status. Currently existing resources related to maternity leave pertain to singular groups or singular topics, such as: employment insurance, employment law, post-partum depression, or work/life balance. The project uses the term “maternity leave” inclusive of maternity, parental and adoption leave, as well as any extended care and nurturing leave following the birth or adoption of a child.


Making It Work! How to Effectively Manage Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employer’s Guide

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Making It Work! How to Effectively Navigate Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employee’ s Guide

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Project Timeline

The timeline below summarizes the project’s scheduled milestones

  • November 2016 – Employer roadshows in Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver. More information here
  • September 2016 – Employee webinar. Click here to access the webinar recording
  • August 2016– Making It Work! How to effectively navigate maternity leave career transitions: An employee’s guide. Click here to get your copy
  • June 2016 – Making It Work! How to effectively manage maternity leave career transitions: An employer’s guide. Click here to get your copy
  • June 2016 – Employer webinar. Click here to access the webinar recording
  • Jan 2016 – Presentation of project findings at Cannexus 2016
  • Oct-Nov 2015 – Webinar development
  • May-Sept 2015 – Content development of career management resources
  • Dec 2014-April 2015 – Data analysis
  • Sept-Nov 2014 – Survey distribution and data collection
  • March-August 2014 – Conducting one-to-one interviews
  • Jan-Feb 2014 – Focus groups

Project Goals

  • To develop a Canadian specific online career management guide for a broad range of Canadian women transitioning to maternity leave and reintegrating to work after maternity leave
  • To develop a Canadian specific online career management guide for employers to more effectively assist female employees transitioning to and reintegrating to employment after maternity leave
  • To develop a webinar for HR professionals/managers and individuals  with interest in this transition

Project Objectives

  • To further understand the individual experience of maternity leave on a broad range of diverse women’s career development scenarios
  • To further understand the HR/employer perception regarding employees’ transition to and from maternity leave
  • To provide practical tips, information, and to serve as an inclusive, self-directed career management resource for a diversity of women experiencing this transition
  • To serve as a resource for organizations and managers to assist employees in this career transition, thereby contributing to talent retention, employee development, organizational career development, and the creation of best workplace practices

Project Endorsements

  • “What has long been a taboo topic between employer and employee, and an often angst ridden journey for expectant mothers and employers alike, now for the first time has a playbook. Not only that, it hits on every note. You need not look any further for how to handle a maternity leave, and run your human capital, with the best information out there. This is progress.”

– Carolyn Lawrence, Leader, Gender Diversity and Inclusion, Deloitte Canada

  • “After reading through the Canadian Women’s Maternity Leave Career Transitions guidebook, I wish I could have read this before I went through my own maternity leaves a few years ago. It’s a well researched, well written guide not only for employers to consider but also for women taking maternity leave. This is an excellent resource for any leave, not just maternity leave. The helpful checklists and definitions are going to provide much needed support for any organization hoping to do better in how maternity leaves, or any leave, is managed”

– Michelle Beck, VP People & Culture, ATB Financial

Project in the Media

About Canada Career Counselling

Canada Career CounsellingEstablished in 2009, Calgary Career Counselling and more recently, Canada Career Counselling, (CCC) is a firm of 10 psychologists as well as career coaches, all specializing in career planning. Together, CCC has over 125 years of career counselling experience. The firm specializes in providing one-on-one career counselling, outplacement services, retirement career planning, group workshops and corporate career development services.

About The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling

CericCERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development. CERIC supports the creation of career counselling-related research and professional development for a cross-sectoral community through funding project partnerships and strategic programs.

Please check our website regularly for project updates. To get involved or for additional information, please contact Avra Davidoff at the Canada Career Counselling office, 403-261-5085.


Confused, unhappy, unsure about your career?

Canada Career Counselling can help you to establish a fulfilling career direction and make strategic career-related decisions. Through your work with one of our Registered Psychologists, Career Coaches, and/or Advisors, you’ll walk away from career counselling feeling confident in the choice(s) you’ve made and the steps you need to take to reach your career goal!

We serve people coast to coast in Canada. We offer one-one-one sessions in person as well as distance sessions by phone or through video/web conferencing platforms.

While Canada Career Counselling is a private organization that provides fee-based services, many benefit/extended health plans provide coverage for sessions and assessments with our Registered Psychologists.

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