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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Virtual learning for food and beverage manufacturers

Online training is customized and adapted to support workers in the Canadian food and beverage…
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National Accessibility Resources for Employers (NARE)

This project will create and share resources for employers in disability management on a national…
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Remote work strategies for small businesses

Owners and operators of SMEs will learn the innovation skills to develop a long-term remote…
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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 the Blueprint Evidence Summary 2021

Download Annual Evidence Report 2020

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Calgary Regional WIL Secretariate and Portal 

Work-integrated learning (WIL) gives people the chance to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom while gaining on-the-job experience and pathways to meaningful…

Career Advancement for Immigrant Professionals 2.0

Help underemployed immigrant professionals overcome barriers to career advancement and help employers retain and leverage newcomer talent.

Tech-enabled learning programs for the mining industry

Project will be three two-week unique, demand-driven, and blended-learning training programs using VR, eLearning, simulations and in-field competency assessment. Final equipment selection will be aligned to meet the demand-driven needs of the industry partners.

InTeRN: a young, northern workforce enters the world of ICT

A two-year network computer technology program geared to providing entry level skills and supports to Indigenous youth in Northern Manitoba.

Roadmap for workforce development in Newfoundland and Labrador

People in rural and remote areas of Newfoundland and Labrador face unique challenges in terms of employment and skills development. This project addresses the need…

Strength in structure

This project aims to improve the way Black youth experience and navigate the world of work. Job search outcomes among Black young people have historically…

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.
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