Skills for Success

Skills for Success provide Canadians with everyday skills needed for work, learning and life. Improving them will help you succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.

Getting started

Learn about the Skills

Discover the skills you need for work and daily life. Find out why each skill is important and situations in which they are useful.

Skills assessment

Find tools to assess gaps in your skills.

Skills training

Find tools to improve your skills.

For organizations and training providers

Apply for funding: Research and Innovation Stream

Applications are currently being accepted until March 9, 2022 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Apply for funding: Training and Tools Stream

Applications are currently being accepted until March 9, 2022 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Skill components and proficiency levels

Consult resources to help design assessment and/or training tools.

Discover the Skills for Success

Learn about the nine skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work, and life.

Transcript: Discover the Skills for Success

Our world and our work looks different these days.

Having the right skills ensures that we can continue to grow and succeed at work and in life.

Now is a great time to learn something new, to train for a new job or get the skills you need for that promotion at work.

Where do you start?

Skills for Success can help you reach your goals.

These are the nine skills that employers are looking for:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Digital skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability

Improving these skills will make you well-rounded, give you confidence and prepare you to take on new challenges at work or in your personal life.

Want to find out how your skills measure up?


Visit our website for free online assessment tools and to learn where to find the training to help you master these Skills for Success.

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Research reports

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

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 Phase 4 Report – Final Report (2019)

Options for assessing the results of essential skill initiatives. The report details a strategy for performance measurement.

Literacy and Essential Skills for Poverty Reduction (2019)

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 health, finances, technology, and navigating institutions that govern their lives.

All research reports

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