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

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a pan-Canadian organization dedicated to creating a future in which everyone has life-long access to high-quality career advice and learning opportunities. We are responsive to the changes happening around us and strive to test, measure, and learn from what works—and what does not—when it comes to skills development.

Our innovation projects identify emerging and in-demand skills, and test new methods of training delivery. The insights that come from our projects will help inform governments, the private sector, labour, educational training institutions, non-for-profits, and academics on the broader adoption of novel approaches to training and skills development.

The innovation projects will assist Canadians make informed decisions about their career pathways and ensure every Canadian has the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from shared prosperity. That is why we are committed to an inclusive approach, with an emphasis on addressing systemic barriers and engaging underserved groups, such as women, youth, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, persons with disabilities, veterans, and Canadians living in rural, remote and Northern communities.

Featured Projects

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ELITE program for Black youth

Black youths gain access to hands-on learning and paid work-integrated training in science, technology, engineering,…
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Smart systems and digital technologies for a new era

A network of resources will be created from industry, municipalities, and McMaster University to facilitate…
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Aiming higher: Micro-credential training in aviation and aerospace

Innovative training and upskilling in the aerospace and aviation sector benefits workers and the industry.
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Evaluation Strategy

We focus on generating high-quality evidence about innovation projects to help practitioners and policy makers understand how they can learn, improve, and maximize their impact.

Our approach to evaluation combines a systematic approach to measuring outcomes across innovation projects, with the flexibility to customize designs to the purpose, context, and goals of each project.

We work closely with innovation project partners to ensure we are measuring what matters most – ensuring that findings not only contribute to a broader evidence base on what works, but also inform the day-to-practices and decision-making of our partners.

Learn about our Evaluation Strategy

Download Annual Evidence Report 2020

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Unleashing learning management systems

This project supports training and skills development needs among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Canada and fosters more inclusive workplaces.

Black African and Caribbean entrepreneurship and leadership training program (BACEL)

This project will deliver training in entrepreneurship, networking and mentorship that strengthens and supports the Black business community.

Best foot forward: Reskilling human resources for high-risk foot care

This project will examine the health human resources and health care needs to improve the management and treatment of foot care for persons with diabetes, as well as to enhance the efficiency of the health care system.

Building resilience in the bio-economy

This project aims to help Canada’s bio-economy become more agile and resilient. It will engage BioTalent Canada’s network to research and evaluate innovative practices and technologies used by agile, resilient, and diverse Canadian bio-economy employers to excel in highly disruptive economic situations.

Test the waters: Competencies for the sustainable blue economy

This research project aims to develop national standards for jobs related to sustainable use of ocean resources, also known as the “blue economy”.

National workforce strategy for agriculture and food & beverage manufacturing

This project will address persistent and growing labour and skills shortages affecting Canada’s agriculture and food processing industries.

Navigating a changing workforce

This project aims to provide career intelligence and access to targeted training for professionals in the public service to help them navigate the changing workforce.

MindFrame Connect

This project will create evidence-based programming needed to develop the mindset and resilience of Canada’s high-performing entrepreneurs and elevate the craft of mentorship.
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