Innovation Projects & Partnerships

Lessons in innovation, evidence generation, and capacity building through future-focused partnerships

As a pan-Canadian organization, we are dedicated to creating a future in which everyone has life-long access to high-quality career advice and learning opportunities. With our partners, we test and measure novel approaches to skills development and training to learn what works, for whom and in what context. The insights we glean and share from the innovation projects help inform skills practitioners, policy makers, employers and workers on how labour market trends and cutting-edge practices are impacting the economy of today and for the future. 

We are dedicated to helping workers in Canada make informed decisions about their employment pathways, ensuring they have an opportunity to contribute to and benefit from our shared prosperity. That is why we are committed to an inclusive approach with an emphasis on addressing systemic barriers and engaging Indigenous Peoples and underrepresented groups such as newcomers, Black and other racialized communities, women, youth, 2SLGBTQ+ people, persons with disabilities, veterans, and those living in rural, remote and Northern communities.

Our evaluation approach

We work closely with innovation partners to ensure we identify solutions with the most promise and potential to be scaled across Canada to meet the needs of individuals and employers. To do so, we support partners with a range of rigorous evaluation methods to systematically identify hypotheses, challenge assumptions, and assess outcomes.

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The Innovation Lab

Dedicated to propelling bold, future-focused ideas, the Innovation Lab works with partners to maximize their effectiveness and uncover solutions in a collaborative, low stakes environment. Our emphasis is on learning through testing and nurturing experimentation to generate those insights. The Lab spearheads two pivotal initiatives: the Accelerator program —which helps teams expand or enhance their project design in a rapid timeframe, and the Incubation Network — which convenes projects that share a common purpose to surface out-of-the ordinary or novel solutions through peer-learning and shared goals.  

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Skills for a Clean Economy

Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre’s Skills for a Clean Economy project generated knowledge about employment opportunities…
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Virtualization of Experiential Learning Platforms and their Pedagogical Models

In response to this challenge, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) tested the virtualization…
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State of skills: Better labour market transitions for mid-career workers

The future labour market will be a tumultuous one, as it will be shaped in…
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