The Future Skills Centre is dedicated to helping Canadians gain the skills they need to thrive in a changing labour market. Learn more about us here.

Call for Proposals

Shock Proofing the Future call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to apply was 5:00pm EST on September 1, 2020

The Centre is currently reviewing all applications.The call was announced as part of our pandemic response plan and aims to encourage labour market innovations and build resilience in the face of economic and social shocks.

Innovation Projects

We’re investing $37 million in 30 projects across the country as a rapid response to the pandemic

We’re greenlighting 30 projects as part of a $37-million investment into community-based programs focused on the needs of diverse Canadian workers and employers by exploring innovative approaches to training for emerging and in-demand skills.

News

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Canadians welcome technology at work—but not everybody is benefiting

Majorities say that technology has made their job more enjoyable and easier, Environics Institute survey shows, but impacts on job security, wages are unevenly distributed
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Future Skills Centre announces $37 million investment for innovative and responsive solutions to Canada’s evolving labour market

30 projects to fill employers’ skills gaps and help workers gain in-demand skills in this post-pandemic period.
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One in five Canadian employees are in occupations at high risk of automation

A new report released by The Conference Board of Canada indicates that nearly one in five Canadian employees are in occupations at high risk of automation with few or on no options to transition into lower-risk occupations without significant retraining.

Innovation Projects

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Project Integrate

Testing an integrated assessment model and job matching for youth job seekers
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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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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.

Research

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Research call on the future of skills and work in a digital economy

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Future Skills Centre are launching a Knowledge Synthesis Grant competition on Skills and Work in the Digital Economy.
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Preliminary Report: Canadians’ Shifting Outlook on Employment

An Environics Institute survey suggests COVID-19 did not dent Canadians’ outlook about the future or their confidence in their ability to bounce back quickly after hard times, even as the pandemic’s effects on employment began to be felt.
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STEM for Indigenous Learners

This research project will explore what works for effectively designing, teaching, and supporting cross-cultural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula for Indigenous learners in secondary and post-secondary fields of study.

Consortium Partners