The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) was established on October 22, 1982 as a not for profit association supporting the relocation industry.
In 1984 CERC submitted a brief to the Minister of Finance outlining the Council’s concerns with the “harsh and inequitable treatment of housing loans”. This work resulted in the re-instatement of a $25,000 exemption for low interest or interest free housing loans in the 1985 Federal Budget.
In 1985 CERC launched its official logo, which embraced the human side of the relocation industry (as noted by the four people to the left of the CERC name). The logo remains in place to this day.
CERC membership reached 300 members.
The Council’s Education Committee started work on a study to address the feasibility of an accreditation course for individuals involved in relocation. In 1992 CERC celebrated its 10th Anniversary, but against a grim economic backdrop: relocation numbers in Canada plummet for the second straight year. The Council voted in its very first female president, Linda Ward O’Farrell, then employed with CP Rail. By 1997, the Council had hit the Internet with the first email address, which followed with the first website the following year. Executive Vice President Lauren MacLaren-Smart retired, and Phyllis Simon was hired as the EVP.
2000 – Present
In 2000, CERC welcomed its first supplier president – Anne Martin of United Van Lines. The Council hired Stephen Cryne, current president and CEO in September of 2002. All levels of the Canadian Employee Relocation Professional CERP™ program were completed in 2003, and the first graduates of the CERP™ program were honoured at the 2004 Annual Conference. In 2006 CERC reached an agreement with Centennial College to deliver the CERP™ program over the Internet as part of its distance learning program. CERC celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2007.
The Council adopted a strong mandate to work with government to improve regulations and policies that impact workforce mobility, and in particular tax and economic immigration.
In 2004, CERC selected Doctors Without Border Canada /MSF as its charity of choice. Volunteers in the organization have raised well over $150,000 since that time.
CERC launched Perspectives Magazine in 2004, in partnership with MediaEdge publishing.
In 2011 CERC takes an active role in representing the business community on the Beyond The Border Action Plan, a joint initiative between the Canadian and U.S. governments to improve cross border mobility.
CERC partnered with Ipsos Public Research in 2011 to conduct a Global Mobility Survey about the attitudes of employees towards relocating for employment purposes. The Survey was repeated again in the summer of 2012.
In 2014 CERC and Ipsos teamed up to survey Canadians about their attitudes towards moving for employment purposes. Just 1 in 10 workers say they would move immediately, while 34% could be convinced. In March CERC posts its 1,000th tweet on the social media site Twitter.