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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Students’ soft skills at CCNB

To ensure students experience a successful transition from their post-secondary education to the work market,…
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Impact of remote work on engineering and technology jobs

This project will study the impact of working-from-home on new graduates, women and newcomers to…
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Forestry skills through immersive education for rural and remote communities

This project supports northern, rural, and Indigenous communities in Alberta to deliver technical and practiced…
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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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Better Labour Market Transitions for Mid-Career Workers

Project INSIGHTS Better Labour Market Transitions for Mid-Career Workers Featured projects:Career Moves: Transition to a New TomorrowSkilled Jobs & Career Pathways for Mid-Career Workers through…

Digital Tools in the Skills Ecosystem

Project INSIGHTS Digital Tools in the Skills Ecosystem Featured projects:Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT)ABC Life Literacy CanadaNorthern Lights College: ClimbSkilled…

Leveraging the Skills of Newcomers

Project INSIGHTS Leveraging the Skills of Newcomers Featured projects:Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent (FAST)Career Advancement for Immigrant Professionals 2.0 (CAIP)Newcomer Employment Resilience Network NL (NERNNL)…

Mapping racialized experiences in the real estate development industry

Project INSIGHTS Mapping racialized experiences in the real estate development industry Equity in the Labour Market Executive Summary The real estate development industry is vital…

Skills for Innovation: International Case Studies

Project INSIGHTS Skills for Innovation: International Case Studies Innovation and Scaling Executive Summary Canada’s domestic manufacturing sector is missing out on opportunities to compete with…

Laying Foundations: Technological maturity in Canada’s construction sector

Project INSIGHTS Laying Foundations: Technological maturity in Canada’s construction sector Employer-led Solutions Executive Summary Canada’s construction sector lags behind other major industries in its overall…

Skills for a Clean Economy

Project INSIGHTS Skills for a Clean Economy Skills for a Net-Zero Economy Executive Summary Canada’s ability to meet its goals for a green and sustainable…

Strength in Structure

Project INSIGHTS Strength in Structure Equity in the Labour Market Executive Summary Because of systemic racism and discrimination, Black youth in Canada have fewer education…
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