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A CFER program consists of three basic components. Classroom work is focused on developing functional skills in Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies again with the goal of promoting autonomy, engagement and productivity. A CFER also has a business component which is run as a business.

About Us

CFER Riverdale opened its doors in January 2007 with thirteen students from the Secondary III and IV levels of Riverdale High School.  The program had been in its development stages since the spring of 2006 when initial meetings were held with representatives of the Réseau québécois des CFER.

Our Program

All CFER businesses are built around some form of recycling. What is recycled varies from CFER to CFER. Some CFER’s recycle paint, others recycle building materials, others recycle rope and so forth. CFER Riverdale is building its project on the recycling of computer systems.

Our Mission

A CFER program has a threefold mandate: Develop autonomous students; produce engaged citizens; train productive workers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who enters a CFER?

  2. What will they receive upon completing the program?

  3. How do I find out more?

  4. Why CFER?

Who enters a CFER?

  • Students who are 15 years of age who have concluded that they will likely not be successful in graduating from high school. They may at a later date be ready to make the necessary commitment to do so but are currently not experiencing success.
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What will they receive upon completing the program?

  • The MELS recognizes CFER as a legitimate work study option for senior students. Upon successful completion of the three-year CFER program students will receive and attestation of studies from the MELS. It is important to note that this is not the equivalent of a secondary diploma.
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How do I find out more?

  • The Réseau québécois des CFER has an extensive  website (in French) which provides information on the programs. 

Further information on CFER Riverdale can be obtained by calling Riverdale High School at (514) 684 CFER (2337) or by contacting us via e-mail at Rrampersad@lbpsb.qc.ca.  Arrangements can be made to visit the program for an idea of its setup and functioning.

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  • A CFER program is designed to train students for the world of work. Nearly 28% of all labour in our economy is unskilled. Employers are telling us that what they need for these positions are not students trained to do a particular task, but students who are trained to work. Employers needing workers are saying that they can take care of teaching employees the task they need to perform but they cannot teach them the values we associate with a good worker. Those things include being on time, dressing appropriately, speaking properly with customers, meeting task deadlines, taking orders and so forth. That is the training a CFER provides and preparation for the world of work is the primary objective of the program.
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