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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Securing sustainable northern fisheries

This partnership supports small-scale Arctic fisheries by introducing and promoting locally harvested products to Canada’s…
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Northern entrepreneur development network

This project creates a network to improve access to tools and training to help people…
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The future of food through agricultural technology

This ground-breaking research explores the potential of cellular agriculture – food created in a lab…
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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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Craft

Craft, an online marketplace, enables artists and designers to sell their work and services while developing skills to thrive in a just economy.

SOAR

This project is a bridging program for students and workers in Newfoundland & Labrador that supports training in the skilled trades sector.

Newfoundland newcomer employment resilience network

Immigrants with skills in professional fields benefit from knowledge exchange, mentoring and networking to improve their career pathways.

Newcomer inclusion in Quebec small to medium enterprises

This project will help the manufacturing sector identify and improve the experience of onboarding immigrants to jobs in small to medium enterprises outside of large, gateway cities.

Yukon skills research and engagement

This research will examine and support Yukon as it recovers from the economic impact of COVID-19 while fostering resilience to prepare for future shocks.

Smart systems and digital technologies for a new era

A network of resources will be created from industry, municipalities, and McMaster University to facilitate accelerated adoption of ground-breaking digital technologies.

Securing sustainable northern fisheries

This partnership supports small-scale Arctic fisheries by introducing and promoting locally harvested products to Canada’s sustainable seafood market.

Northern entrepreneur development network

This project creates a network to improve access to tools and training to help people in Yukon to build resilient businesses that are innovative, agile and forward-thinking.
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