Welcome to the Future Skills Centre. We are a forward-thinking organization dedicated to promoting greater flexibility in the Canadian labour market by enhancing our skills-development ecosystem. We bring together experts and organizations across Canada to share research and innovative programs that will prepare Canadians for the economy of tomorrow. Learn more about us.

Call for Proposals

We’re funding innovation in skills development to help those most affected by Covid-19.

We have issued a Call for Proposals for research and pilot projects that address disruptions to the labour market, both now and in the future. We have earmarked $15 million for proposals, and the deadline for submissions is September 1, 2020.

Innovation Projects

We’re investing $37 million in 30 projects across the country as a rapid response to the pandemic.

We’re greenlighting 30 projects as part of a $37-million investment into community-based programs focused on the needs of diverse Canadian workers and employers by exploring innovative approaches to training for emerging and in-demand skills.

News

Future Skills Centre announces $37 million investment for innovative and responsive solutions to Canada’s evolving labour market

30 projects to fill employers’ skills gaps and help workers gain in-demand skills in this post-pandemic period.
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One in five Canadian employees are in occupations at high risk of automation

A new report released by The Conference Board of Canada indicates that nearly one in five Canadian employees are in occupations at high risk of automation with few or on no options to transition into lower-risk occupations without significant retraining.
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Shock Proofing the Future of Work: Future Skills Centre investing $15 million in innovative projects to support workers in hard-hit sectors

Funding for innovation in skills development part of rapid response to aid those most affected by COVID-19 crisis

Innovation Projects

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Learner Shock: Preparedness of Learning

Testing strategies for addressing “Learning Shock”
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CLIMB: Continuous Learning for Individuals’ Mid-career and Beyond

Mid-career workers are most vulnerable to disruption of the labour market but there is little widespread information, resources, or training to support a mid-career change.
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Futureproofing the Food and Beverage Processing Workforce

The first systematic testing of a framework to help the food and beverage processing industry adapt to change.

Research

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Employment Transitions in Canadian Metropolitan Areas

This report examines job loses and gains across Canadian metropolitan areas during the 21st century.
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Developing Competency Frameworks for Higher Education

This report examines competency frameworks and their development in the context of higher education.
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Technological Change and the Future of Work in Canada

This project will assess the impact that large-scale technological and demographic trends will have on the demand and supply of labour in Canada and identify potential solutions to mitigate the effects of labour shortages on the Canadian economy.

Consortium Partners