Future Skills

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

New and emerging technologies have an effect on every aspect of Canadians’ lives, including the workplace. Automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and clean tech are some of the many technologies that are changing the skills needed to succeed at work. These changes will also impact the way people develop skills and their ability to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.

Future Skills is part of the Government’s plan to ensure that Canada’s skills development policies and programs are prepared to meet Canadians’ changing needs. The Government is investing $225 million over four years, starting in spring 2018, and $75 million per year thereafter in the Future Skills to:

  • examine major trends that will have an impact on national and regional economies and workers;
  • identify emerging skills that are in demand now and into the future;
  • develop, test and evaluate new approaches to skills development; and
  • share results and best practices across public, private and not-for-profit sectors to support broader use of innovative approaches across Canada.

Future Skills includes:

  • The Future Skills Council
    A council to provide advice on emerging skills, workforce trends and pan Canadian priorities to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
  • A Future Skills Centre
    An independent research centre that develops, tests and measures new approaches to skills assessment and development.

Future Skills includes a focus on addressing the needs of disadvantaged and under‑represented groups, such as Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, low-income workers, newcomers to Canada and youth. This will help ensure that all Canadians can benefit from emerging opportunities.

To support the work of the Future Skills Council and Centre, Employment and Social Development Canada will work to:

  • raise awareness of Future Skills;
  • report on results to Canadians;
  • monitor the work of the Centre to ensure it meets the program objectives;
  • make linkages between the Council and the Centre;
  • work closely with provinces and territories and partners across the federal government to address the priorities identified by the Council; and
  • support the adoption of proven practices from the Centre.
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