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Skills Next Series

Canadians’ needs for skills training and education are changing quickly.

In response, the Public Policy Forum, the Diversity Institute, and the Future Skills Centre have joined together to publish Skills Next, a series that explores what is working in workplaces, universities, and the labour market – and where workers are falling through the gaps in our skills training system.

Our first set of Skills Next papers was released in January and February of 2020. Each report focuses on one issue — such as the impact of technology in the workplace, gig work, digital skills, and barriers to employment that some marginalized groups experience — and reviews the existing state of knowledge on this topic and identifies areas in need of additional research.

The next set of reports will be released throughout the summer 2020.

Skills Next—Summer 2020

  • Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training and Jobs in Canada by Max Skudra, Andy Avgerinos and Karen E. McCallum
  • Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada by Elle Ziegler, Karen E. McCallum, Katherine Porter, Reyhaneh Noshiravani
  • Competency Frameworks and Canada’s Essential Skills by David Gyarmati, Janet Lane, Scott Murray
  • Technology-Enabled Innovations in the Skills and Employment Ecosystem by Stephen Harrington, Wendy Cukier, Mark Patterson, Karen E. McCallum
  • Barriers to Employment: Gender by Tania Saba, Julie Cafley, Katie Davey, Valentina Sitnik, Ruby Latif
  • Small and Medium Employers (SMEs): Skills Gaps and Future Skills by Simon Blanchette and Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Skills Next—Winter 2020

On the Skills Next authors

The series is authored by an expansive and diverse network of researchers and subject matter experts carefully selected to provide a broad-range of perspectives within a Canadian context. Their varied backgrounds, experiences, and expertise have shaped their individual perspectives, their analyses of the current skills ecosystem, and the reports they have authored.

Skills Next is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

For more information contact:

Kathleen Powderly
Responsible Comms
kathleen@responsiblecomm.ca

Peter Aterman
Future Skills Centre – Communications Manager
paterman@ryerson.ca

Tomek Sysak
Public Policy Forum – Communications Specialist
TSysak@ppforum.ca

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Digital Differences: The impact of automation on the Indigenous economy in Canada

How is technological change, and specifically automation, affecting Indigenous workers in Canada? Digital Differences looks at the impact of automation on the Indigenous economy by industry and region.

Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada

Gig work & gig workers are on the rise, fueled by technology that makes this form of work more easily accessible. What does this mean for Canada’s labour market and how should we respond? Understanding how workers enter, navigate and experience the gig economy is a critical component to better understanding what policies are required to best protect and support them. This report explores what we know, and what we need to know, about the nature of Canada’s gig economy and the experiences of its workers.
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Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training and Jobs in Canada

Indigenous businesses are growing and — importantly — creating employment for others. Further, self-employment and entrepreneurship is increasing. If there is an opportunity for the next generation, and for current adult workers, to leapfrog into the future of Canadian work, it may very well be through Indigenous-led business.
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The Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, we bring together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills and work environments to drive prosperity and inclusion.