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From left: Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu announce the Future Skills Centre partners at the Rogers Communication Centre. Photo: Clifton Li.
New technology, artificial intelligence, and global competitiveness are changing the way Canadians work. Many of the skills needed for good quality jobs will change in the years to come. A Canadian workforce that incorporates new technology and adapts is key to Canada’s long-term economic growth.
On February 14, Patty Hajdu, minister of employment, workforce development and labour, and Bill Morneau, minister of finance, came to campus to announce that Ryerson University will lead the consortium for the Future Skills Centre — Centre des Compétences, an initiative to help ensure Canadians develop the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.
Ryerson will be joined in the new Future Skills Centre research initiative by the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint to spearhead projects across Canada that develop, test and measure new approaches to skills assessment and development.
“As Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education, Ryerson University is proud to lead the consortium for this important federal government initiative,” said Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi at the official announcement on campus. “With expertise in multidisciplinary, large-scale research and evaluation projects, Ryerson is a community builder that convenes academics, governments, non-profits, and industry to better understand and promote diversity, entrepreneurship, and employment. Ryerson is well-positioned to help prepare all Canadians for emerging opportunities today and beyond."
Fifteen members from Canada’s public, private, labour and not-for-profit sectors were selected to form the Future Skills Council. The council will provide advice to the minister of employment, workforce development and labour on emerging skills and workforce trends including national and regional priorities related to skills development for Canadians.
“The world of work is changing and Canadians need to be equipped to seize the opportunities this presents,” said Hajdu. “Future Skills is part of the government’s plan to build an agile workforce that can find and keep good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class so that everyone has a fair chance at success – today and tomorrow.”
“Canada’s economy is growing and jobs are being created by Canadians every day, but the skills needed to succeed in those jobs can sometimes change rapidly. The Future Skills Centre and Council will work with schools, businesses and government to make sure Canadians can learn those skills, helping them stay competitive in tomorrow’s job market,” said Morneau.
The Government of Canada is investing $225 million in Future Skills over four years, and $75 million per year thereafter. The research centre will operate in both official languages, at arm’s length from the Government of Canada.
The centre will partner with and fund projects that are led by groups such as provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
These projects will:
The centre will allocate 50 per cent of its funding to disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including up to 20 per cent to address the needs of youth.
This story originally appeared on February 14 in Ryerson Today.