Research reports

This page shows a list of reports by organizations across Canada. The Skills for Success Program has funded some of the reports included.

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Skills for Success Implementation Guidance Final Report (2023)

From: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

This SRDC report outlines best practices and challenges encountered by funders, training organizations, employers, practitioners, mentors, supervisors, and community members when implementing skills for success.

Addressing knowledge gaps about skills of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Canada: A scoping review and qualitative inquiry (2023)

From: Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

This study positions employment as a social determinant of health and examines labour market equity as it relates to skills training and access to equal opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians.

Addressing Knowledge Gaps about Skills of Persons with Disabilities: A Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews (2023)

From: Institute for Work and Health

This report uses valuable information from key informant interviews and focuses on persons with disabilities, presenting promising practices on how to overcome workplace barriers.


Research report to support the launch of Skills for Success: Structure, evidence, and recommendations: Final report (2021)

From: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

This SRDC report supports the launch and roll-out of Skills for Success by providing detailed definitions and components of each skill. In addition, the report provides recommendations to support the implementation and roll-out of the new model.


A Comprehensive Review and Development of Measurement Options for Essential Skills Initiatives (2018 and 2019)

From: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) studied options for assessing the results of essential skill initiatives. SRDC prepared a 4-part study report. The report details a strategy for performance measurement. The Office of Skills for Success funded the study.

The reports of the 4 phases of A Comprehensive Review and Development of Measurement Options for Essential Skills Initiatives:

Literacy and Essential Skills for Poverty Reduction (2019)

From: Frontier College

Frontier College managed a detailed report that was prepared by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). It looks at the effects of literacy skills on economic well-being and social inclusion. It explores ways in which literacy can help people to make better decisions in:

It includes a communication plan on literacy as a poverty reduction strategy.

Essential Skills in Workers Displaced from the Oil and Gas Sector (2019)

From: Canada West Foundation

This study looks at the impact of literacy on gross domestic product (GDP). It focuses on Canada’s need to increase fiscal growth and reduce inequality. The writers conclude that growing literacy skills is an important method for supporting economic growth and inequality.


Post-secondary and Workplace Skills (2018)

From: University of Ottawa

The purpose was to measure and compare critical thinking skills of students at one college and one university in Ontario. It aims to find out the link between skill levels and a range of student and program factors. The Office of Skills for Success and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario funded the project.

Literacy and Essential Skills Development in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs): Needs Analysis (2018)

(French only for the section covering francophone minority communities)

(English only for the section covering anglophone minority communities)

From: University of Ottawa

The Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie and Public Policies was the lead in judging the essential skills needs in OLMCs. The goal was to create a list of policies, programs and services related to essential skills development.

Building a Pan-Canadian Soft Skills Framework (2018)

From: Futureworx

This study looks at soft skills and the need for creating a pan-Canadian soft skills framework. The goal is to support improving the output of workers who can adapt to regular changes in workplaces.


Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) (2012)

From: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

PIAAC data shows the skills proficiency and needs in Canada. The PIAAC data supports the developing of policies and programs. The Council of Ministers of Education provided funding for the report.


Defining Essential Digital Skills in the Canadian Workplace (2011)

From: WDM-Consultants (now called Compétences R&D Inc.)

This study focuses on creating and validating a digital skills framework for digital technology in the workplace.

Towards a better understanding of the link between oral fluency, literacy and essential skills (2011)

From: Data Angel

This study looks at the link between official language oral proficiency, literacy, and essential skills proficiency in adult Canadians.

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