The CCDMD was founded in 1993 following a major revamping of the Direction générale de l’enseignement collégial (directorate of college education) in Québec. It was previously a division of the Department of Education, called Service de développement de matériel didactique (department for educational materials development), whose role was to provide educational, technical and financial support to college teachers wishing to produce quality printed or computer-based educational material. When its administration was transferred to Collège de Maisonneuve in 1993, it became the CCDMD.
The centre is funded mainly by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur. Since 2005, some of its services are also supported by funding from the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Language Instruction.