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

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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
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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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The Indigenous Employment Hub

The Indigenous Employment Hub can help meet labour needs for future (infrastructure) projects in B.C. and become a model for creating meaningful employment opportunities for Indigenous people.
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Material Handling 4.0: Building Pathways to Employment for Disadvantaged Groups

Help new and current material handlers in Hamilton to transition to new job opportunities within the supply chain sector.
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Transition to a New Tomorrow

Unique professional development program to support mid-career oil and gas workers

Research

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Sustainable Northern Livelihoods: A Primer

Economic growth in Canada’s North has outpaced the rest of the country. This primer discusses the challenges still faced by Indigenous people in the North, who continue to experience socio-economic disparities
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Understanding Future Skills: Emergence of an Ecosystem for the Digital Economy

The focus of this report is on the emergence of the digital economy ecosystem in Quebec, with a specific focus on the Montreal artificial intelligence cluster.
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Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada

Gig work & gig workers are on the rise, fueled by technology that makes this form of work more easily accessible. What does this mean for Canada’s labour market and how should we respond? This report explores what we know, and what we need to know, about the nature of Canada’s gig economy and the experiences of its workers.

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