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Canadian employers are increasingly thinking about work from a skills perspective. This issue briefing takes a new approach to defining job groupings.
One in five Canadian employees works at a job that’s vulnerable to automation. The clean economy is a rapid-growth sector that needs workers. Is there a way to solve for both?
A number of transformations are underway that pose risks to—and opportunities for— the future of work in Canada. This report, Planning When You Can’t Predict: Strategic Foresight and the Future of Work, introduces strategic foresight, a discipline that helps organizations and individuals think about and plan for the future in a context of radical uncertainty involving disruptive political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental changes. This paper is for newcomers to strategic foresight, whose organizations may benefit from the value that the discipline provides.
In collaboration with our partners, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) created the Readiness and Resilience: Mapping the Contours of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Ecosystem report as part of a project on Indigenous people’s barriers to and facilitators of employment in Canada to learn about the scope of the Indigenous employment landscape.
Are Canadians having trouble finding the right balance between work and family? Are they finding it difficult to disconnect from work when their regular shift or work day is done? For many, particularly those who have spent much of the past two years working from home, the pandemic has blurred the boundaries between work and family. With child care centres closed and learning moved online, countless employees have become experts at taking Zoom calls with infants on their laps, or jumping from their own spreadsheets to help with their children’s multiplication tables or art projects. Parents who have had to spend at least part of their regular work days keeping their children from putting the family pet in the clothes dryer have had to catch up on work late in the evening or at the crack of dawn.
The Environics Institute’s 2021 survey on race relations found that, since 2019, there has been an increase in the perception of unequal treatment in employment settings for various racialized groups. Despite advancements in policy and legislation and cultural shifts engendered by social movements such as #MeToo, gender-based discrimination has persisted.
Indigenous skilled labour is critical to realizing a new vision of economic reconciliation. And Indigenous finance and management professionals have a key role to play. As project leads, technical advisors, brokers, and wealth managers, they can help their communities navigate the new and increasingly complex economic relationships. 
As the COVID-19 pandemic entered its second year in 2021, there continued to be significant impacts on the labour market. Focusing on the demand for labour, this report examines trends for 2021.