The Future Skills Centre strives to be a thought leader in emerging debates about future skills, trends, innovative approaches, and the development of an ecosystem that will prepare us for an uncertain future.
Our research will help Canadians — including current and future job-seekers, employers, policymakers, service providers, educators, and researchers — to better understand future skills priorities, knowledge gaps, and leading practices, as well as to build capacity to address these demands.
It will bring together experts bridging supply and demand-side perspectives, reflecting the diverse interests and supporting approaches that are both people-centric and employer-informed. This research will help us identify opportunities for systemic change that will contribute to coordinated and focused responses to addressing Canada’s future skills needs.
Through our research, the Future Skills Centre will address the following questions:
We will work closely with all levels of government, the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), Labour Market Information Centre (LMIC), research institutions, subject matter experts, and diverse stakeholders to curate, complement, and coordinate knowledge.
Altogether, we will explore existing approaches to identify the most important skills for the future. We will also develop new approaches, frameworks, processes, and tools to strengthen the skills development ecosystem and better match job-seekers to jobs.
We are working with a diverse team of more than 100 world class diverse multidisciplinary researchers from academic institutions, think tanks, and community organizations bringing together a pool of expertise in economics, information technology, predictive analytics, education, management, sociology, gender and diversity studies, and multiple methods and new technologies (such as AI-enabled data analytics).
Macro Analysis of Trends and Implications to address fragmented and inconsistent Labour Market Information (LMI) and analyses of future skills trends. We will:
Continuous Current State Mapping to assess what we know and do not know, as well as what is new or innovative. Working in close collaboration with our intergovernmental partners, we will collect and share information about who is doing what in the skills development ecosystem to better understand strengths, gaps, and opportunities. We will:
Continuous Needs Assessment and Feedback to identify current issues, priorities, gaps, and opportunities within Canada’s skills development ecosystem. We will:
Evidence Review to examine what works and what doesn’t work. We will use crowdsourcing techniques and work with partners, including global leaders such as the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to review, gather, and organize existing national and international evidence on promising strategies for skills development, with an emphasis on identifying effective approaches for meeting future skills needs. We will:
Emerging Concepts and Frameworks that help prepare us for transformations in the labour market, including how to:
Innovative Policies, Programs, Tools and Technologies that help individuals and communities build the skills they need to adapt to changing labour markets. We will:
We will identify important research questions requiring more in-depth research. For example, there is evidence of poorer employment outcomes in specific sectors for some segments of the Canadian population (racialized minorities, newcomers, Indigenous communities, women, youth, LGBTQ2+, and persons with disabilities). We will: