Future Skills Council

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


The Future Skills Council will look at how technologies and other emerging trends are creating new opportunities for Canadians. It will advise the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on national and regional skills development and training priorities.


The Future Skills Council will:

  • consult and gather perspectives from across private, public and not-for profit sectors on topics such as:
    • emerging and persistent skills gaps;
    • identification of transferable skills and competencies needed across different sectors;
    • new skills development approaches and technologies; and
    • innovative measurement approaches to offer timely and reliable evidence on in-demand skills and effective skills development and training models.
  • develop a strategic plan that includes a shared vision and recommendations on pan-Canadian priorities related to emerging and in-demand skills, now and into the future; and
  • share promising practices and encourage use by Council Members’ networks.

The work of the Future Skills Council will complement other efforts by groups such as the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC). The LMIC works to identify and implement pan-Canadian priorities for the collection, analysis and distribution of labour market information.

Council Membership

Council membership includes technical and subject matter experts from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. To ensure that the skills needs of all Canadians are taken into account, the membership is gender-balanced. It has social and geographic diversity including First Nations, Métis, Inuit and youth. It also has fair representation of both official languages.

Council members have knowledge of emerging trends that are having an impact on the demand for skills in the labour market. Additionally, they have relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • education and training;
  • skilled trades and apprenticeships;
  • skills and competencies;
  • changing nature of work;
  • inclusive labour market policy;
  • gender issues; and
  • distinction-based approaches for Indigenous people.

Future Skills Council Membership

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