The Future Skills Centre is dedicated to helping Canadians gain the skills they need to thrive in a changing labour market. Learn more about us here.

Call for Proposals

Shock Proofing the Future call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to apply was 5:00pm EST on September 1, 2020

The Centre is currently reviewing all applications.The call was announced as part of our pandemic response plan and aims to encourage labour market innovations and build resilience in the face of economic and social shocks.

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

Canadians welcome technology at work—but not everybody is benefiting

Majorities say that technology has made their job more enjoyable and easier, Environics Institute survey shows, but impacts on job security, wages are unevenly distributed

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.

Innovation Projects

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Digital Fluency Stackable Micro-credentials for the Workforce

Development and delivery of a series of three stackable micro-credentials for workers who are disadvantaged due to a lack of digital fluency which is a core employment skillset across Canadian industry.
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Upskill and Certify Indigenous Child and Youth Practitioners

Create innovative educational opportunities that reduce barriers to Indigenous peoples’ participation and increase the number of Indigenous youth workers with postsecondary certificates who have marketable skills.
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EDGE UP: Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project

Digital upskilling project to transition displaced energy sector workers

Research

Indigenizing Corporate Canada

This research project will help inform the development of more appropriate career resources and supports to increase Indigenous representation in Canada’s finance and management professions.

Social and Emotional Skills

In this multi-year project, our team of researchers is exploring the trends, challenges, and opportunities related to social and emotional skills (SES) development and the future of work.
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Employment Gaps and Underemployment for Racialized Groups and Immigrants in Canada: Current Findings and Future Directions

“Foreign-sounding names” are 20 to 40 per cent less likely to get a call-back for a job interview, depending on company size.

Consortium Partners