Our research will help Canadians — including current and future job-seekers, employers, policy makers, service providers, educators, and researchers — better understand future skills priorities, knowledge gaps, and leading practices, and will help build capacity to address these demands. 

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Research Resources

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Reference Database

A searchable repository on published research addressing “future skills” that will be a useful tool for researchers and individuals interested in the future of work and the future of skills.

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Annotated Bibliography

Intended as a useful tool to researchers in need of initial guidance in future skills, this is a list of 39 key academic and “grey literature” publications.

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Research Network

An expanding and diverse group of scholars, experts, practitioners and other stakeholders actively engaged in research on future skills and the future of work.

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Featured Research

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Rising Skills: Digital Upskilling for Advanced Manufacturing Workplaces

Tradespeople need 21st-century digital skills to adapt to today’s more technologically advanced manufacturing sector. This…
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Research projects on the future of skills and work in a digital economy

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Future Skills Centre…
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Bridging Education and Skills Gaps through Indigenous-Controlled Post-Secondary Education

This research project will investigate the role Indigenous-controlled post-secondary institutes play in helping First Nation,…
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Skills Gaps, Underemployment, and Equity of Labour-Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

While people with disabilities can achieve socially integrated, financially independent lives through secure, well-paid employment,…
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Preliminary Report: Canadians’ Shifting Outlook on Employment

An Environics Institute survey suggests COVID-19 did not dent Canadians’ outlook about the future or…
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Small and Medium-Sized Employers (SMEs): Skills Gaps and Future Skills

Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for more than 90 percent of private-sector jobs…
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Understanding Future Skills: Case of the Montreal Aerospace Cluster

The report examines how organizations contribute to the development and management of talent at the…
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Assessing Canada’s skills gapexternal link icon

The skills that workers need are changing thanks to automation and new technologies. That means…
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Research projects on the future of skills and work in a digital economy

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Future Skills Centre…
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Social and Emotional Skills are Top of Mind Across Canada

When we asked participants across Canada to identify the most important skills for career success,…
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