June 2020 Projects

We’re making a $37 million investment into innovative and community-based programs to find solutions to Canada’s changing workforce

With a strong focus on how we can provide meaningful action for our community’s disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, the Future Skills Centre is investing in 30 new projects to fill employers’ skills gaps and help workers gain in-demand skills in this post-pandemic period.

This $37-million investment into community-based programs focuses on the needs of diverse Canadian workers and employers by exploring innovative approaches to training and upskilling for emerging and in-demand skills.

These 30 projects span all regions of the country and are the result of consultations with stakeholders across Canada’s skills ecosystem. They were selected after an extensive review of hundreds of submissions to a call for proposals we established last year.

With a strong focus on how we can provide meaningful action for Canada’s disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, the projects cover four major themes. 

They range from leveraging people and AI technology, to training, reskilling, and adapting within industries facing chronic skills shortages, to radical new approaches to training and learning in order to build capacity to creating an inclusive workforce for the future by not leaving anyone behind. By applying a rigorous evaluation strategy to all our projects, the Future Skills Centre is keen to work with these partners to help every Canadian succeed in a changing workplace.

Project Listing

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Developing Modern Mining Skills Through Technology

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.
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Futureproofing the Food and Beverage Processing Workforce

The first systematic testing of a framework to help the food and beverage processing industry adapt to change.
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Upskill and Certify Indigenous Child and Youth Practitioners

Create innovative educational opportunities that reduce barriers to Indigenous peoples’ participation and increase the number of Indigenous youth workers with postsecondary certificates who have marketable skills.
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Reboot Plus

First-of-its-kind program in Canada will help youth who haven’t finished high school to re-engage in both education and career development.
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Bridging the Gap: A Learning Platform and Marketplace for Job-seekers and Employers

A scalable system that assesses competencies (using AI based work-related tasks) and issues micro-credentials to job-seekers.
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In Motion & Momentum (IM&M): Building Resilience, Hope and Sustainable Futures

Program to assist those distant from the labour market acquire critical life and employability skills.
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Facing the challenge of digital transformation in the insurance sector: women at work

Action research project on the future of female workers facing the automation of tasks in their job duties in the insurance sector.
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Best Practice Models for Industry Engagement

First Canadian test of online VALID-8 tool allowing trades apprentices to be objectively assessed by a certified journeyperson and also demonstrate what they are capable of to prospective employers.
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Virtual Recruitment & Assessment for the Unionized Construction Industry

Project to create a virtual recruitment and assessment centre in four regions across Canada to recruit underrepresented populations into the unionized construction industry.
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ArtWorksTO

ArtWorksTO will connect motivated, job-ready youth with clients in need of creative talent.
IVADO Training Program with its academic collaborators

From data to decision: AI training and professional certification

Short-term AI-focused training intended primarily for mid-career professionals wanting to integrate new AI knowledge into their organizations.
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CRADLE: the Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences

The first, fully-online, multilingual education opportunity specifically designed for historically isolated, unregulated care workers.
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Material Handling 4.0: Building Pathways to Employment for Disadvantaged Groups

Help new and current material handlers in Hamilton to transition to new job opportunities within the supply chain sector.

Skills Development in SMEs for Faster Adaptation to Job Market Changes

To speed up the pace of organizational buy-in to a culture of continuing education and the pace of workforce skills development in eight Quebec regions.
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Project Connect: Technology-Enabled Learning for Métis Communities

Project Connect will design and test an online delivery model for a professional project administrator program created for and with B.C.’s Métis community.
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Digital Fluency Stackable Micro-credentials for the Workforce

Development and delivery of a series of three stackable micro-credentials for workers who are disadvantaged due to a lack of digital fluency which is a core employment skillset across Canadian industry.
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Synergy: Workforce Development for Vulnerable Women to Succeed

Synergy is an extension of a three-year research, pilot, and knowledge transfer project aimed at advancing gender equity in the labour market.
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Aspire Atlantic

Creating a program to bridge the gap between employer demand and workforce attachment in Nova Scotia and PEI.
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Workplace Inclusion Charter Expansion

Connect under-utilized talent pools with local employers in Kingston through the implementation of the Workplace Inclusion Charter program.
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Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL)

Hub for multiple, industry-focused, and applied learning streams to acquire the academic knowledge, technical skills, and professional competencies for a career in biosciences.
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What works for work? Employment Integration in Youth Service Hubs Across Canada

The project implements and tests the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) intervention among youth who are not in education, employment or training.
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Assessing and Developing Workplace Employability Skills with ESAT

Development of the Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT), a cloud-based tool to measure an individual’s social & emotional/employability skills.
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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.
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Microlearning in the Mining Industry

Remote mine employees will learn on-the-job via mobile micro-learning, for a few minutes each day, increasing their skill levels and ensuring increased productivity.
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Career Advancement for Immigrant Professionals

Help underemployed immigrant professionals overcome barriers to career advancement and help employers retain and leverage newcomer talent.
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Skills Match – The Energy Fit

To assist unemployed/underemployed oil and gas workers to transition to more in-demand energy sector jobs.
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The Indigenous Employment Hub

The Indigenous Employment Hub can help meet labour needs for future (infrastructure) projects in B.C. and become a model for creating meaningful employment opportunities for Indigenous people.
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Pay-for-Performance in Manufacturing

Encourage Canadian manufacturers to invest in training programs that address specific skills gaps among their workforce through pay-for-performance incentives.
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Accelerating the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare

Shifting the mindset and educating healthcare professionals in the effective, appropriate, safe, and compassionate use of AI.
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Upskilling Canadian Youth for In-Demand Tech Careers

Launching low-income, young adults into IT careers by providing professional and technical skills training, job placement, and five years of post-hire services.
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