About the CFER network

What are the CFER?

A CFER is a business-school that promotes the development of autonomous individuals, engaged citizens and productive workers.

Around these three core objectives a curriculum has been developed for 15-18 years old students following the Pre-Work path. CFER program is based on the values of rigor, respect, involvement, effort and autonomy.

The program is recognized by Quebec’s Ministry of Education and students who successfully complete the three-year training will earn a Certificate de Formation en Entreprise et Récupération (Business and Resource Recovery Training Certificate).

“The VISION we project through CFER is the belief that a happy life and acceptable standard of living is easily within reach for autonomous individuals, engaged citizens and productive workers, regardless of their educational qualifications.” 

-Normand Maurice

Réseau québécois des CFER

Non-profit organization representing all the operating CFERs, is working towards two goals: 

  • Develop and promote the CFER program that benefits adolescents with difficulties
  • Contribute to the opening of buisness-schools that support sustainable development


In order to do so, the Network’s team monitors the following mandates

  • Recognize and organize a network supporting the operation of all CFERs of the province of Quebec
  • Promote the training program developed by the CFER
  • Promote sustainable development under all it’s forms
  • Support the CFERs in their development
  • Create business opportunities for the CFERs
  • Ensure the sharing of expertise between the members

Réseau québécois des CFER team

General Director
Sylvie Castonguay

Devlopement Agent
Jean-Philippe Gagnon

Administrative Assistants
Nadine Bouchard

Chantal Plante