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FSC establishes $20 million partnership with CPMT to support workforce development in Quebec

Toronto, February 18, 2022 – Skills development in Quebec received a large injection of support to help Quebecers face a changing labour market and prepare for jobs of the future, thanks to a three-year, $20-million agreement between the Future Skills Centre (FSC) and the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT). 

This agreement will provide necessary support, based on Quebec’s needs and economic reality, for projects to test new strategies for the development of future skills. Through this partnership, CPMT will be able to help businesses and the workforce make informed choices about the skills that will be needed to respond to the demographic, digital and environmental transitions that are transforming the workplace.

A vital component of these projects is to ensure skills training is relevant and accessible to diverse groups. Over 50 per cent of the funding will be dedicated to the needs of workers who are under-represented in the labour market, such as immigrants, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, people in the justice system, and youth.

Through this partnership, FSC and CPMT will implement new approaches to skills development in Quebec in the area of future skills. This will allow for the exchange and dissemination of promising practices and labour market data – and is in line with FSC’s focus on sharing insights and innovative solutions to strengthen the skills ecosystem in Canada and foster a resilient learning nation.

Skill development will be crucial for the workforce of the future. We are delighted to be working alongside CPMT to reach and support more Quebec-based organizations. We are also seeking to enrich the learning and the supporting data from Quebec.This is an important step in helping Quebecers and the Canadian workforce as a whole to better address future labour market challenges and achieve shared prosperity.
Pedro Barata, Executive Director of Future Skills Centre
The agreement between FSC and CPMT will allow us to accelerate the development, enhancement, recognition and transferability of current and future skills in key sectors of the Quebec economy, notably through a request for proposals from Quebec organizations and businesses. The future of employment for all depends, in particular, on the ability of the government and its partners to innovate and stimulate the development of skills. This agreement will allow us to do just that, and I applaud FSC’s openness and responsiveness to Quebec’s distinct realities in this area.
Audrey Murray, Chair of the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail – Cited from the press release published earlier today (available in French only)

Quick facts:

  • The agreement provides $20 million to CPMT for the years 2021-2022 to 2023-2024, plus a share of funding for pan-Canadian initiatives led by FSC with the involvement of CPMT.
  • By increasing the number of Quebec-based projects in FSC’s portfolio, the agreement will generate new evidence on ‘what works’ in Quebec.
  • To date, FSC has funded over 160+ pilots spanning all regions and 20 sectors that directly provide over 10,000 Canadians with hands-on skills training.

About FSC

FSC is a pan-Canadian initiative that connects the ideas and innovations generated across Canada to help employees and employers succeed in the labour market and ensure the prosperity of local, regional and national economies. The Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint and the Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program

About CPMT

CPMT is a provincial consultation body that brings together representatives from business, labor, education, community and governmental organizations dedicated to improving the efficiency of the labour market. These labour market stakeholders pool their expertise and ideas in order to enhance public employment services and foster workforce skills development and recognition.


Media Contact

Eglantine Ronfard
Communications Manager
Future Skills Centre