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Future Skills


Identifying, developing, replicating and scaling inclusive approaches that will strengthen the nation’s skills and training ecosystem.

Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead.

The Future Skills Centre is governed by a consortium of partners, external link that offers deep knowledge of economic and technology trends, public policy, rigorous applied research and evaluation expertise, extensive knowledge mobilization and convening experience, and long-standing commitments to inclusive approaches to skills training and development.

The Centre is forging a network of stakeholders from across the country, linking thousands of service providers, employers, governments, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers, and millions of Canadians to enhance access to in-demand skills and training.

We are focused on intentional and engaging solutions to anticipate the emerging needs of employers, as well as the needs of those not currently participating fully in Canada’s changing workforce. The Future Skills Centre has a particular focus on equity-seeking groups and underserved communities, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized peoples, LGBTQ2S+ peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans, and people from rural, remote, and northern communities.

Labour market insights

Labour Market Insights

This series from the Diversity Institute, in its role as a research lead for the Future Skills Centre, aims to provide timely analysis on current patterns of labour demand across Canadian regions, industries, and occupations. In the rapidly changing world of work, job seekers, policy makers, educators, and other stakeholders require labour market information that is up-to-date, granular, and relevant. The need has become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the labour market has experienced the largest shock in recent history. 

Reports in the Labour Market Insights from the Diversity Institute series cover a variety of topics relevant to the study of labour markets and are based on analyses of collated data from online job postings across Canada, as well as other traditional and innovative data sources. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. 

Labour market insights

Skills for the Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic has pulled the future of work into the present: digitization, work from home, and many other long-predicted developments are here now, and likely to stay.

The Skills for the Post-Pandemic World project tackles key questions facing policymakers, employers, training providers and workers. It is urgent that society turn to face the fundamental changes in the labour market precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many players must rise to meet the new conditions of a post-pandemic world.

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The Advanced Digital and Professional Training Program (ADaPT) is an action-research project funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth which equips new graduates with the "soft" skills and digital skills Canadian employers are seeking, along with a paid internship. By focusing on youth from diverse groups and social science and humanities graduates, ADaPT is contributing to inclusive economic growth.

ADaPT is now partnering with the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) on the ALiGN/ADaPT project to include online learning modules and psychometric-based leadership development opportunities through OTEC's ALIGN network.

Study Buddy

Study Buddy

The Study Buddy program is a collaboration between the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, Ontario Tech University, external link, the Jean Augustine Centre, external link, and the Lifelong Leadership Institute, external link. We are supporting parents struggling to balance the responsibilities of work with their children’s rapid transition to online-learning due to the COVID-19 crisis. There is mounting evidence that shows that parents from marginalized groups and women entrepreneurs, who already face significant barriers to their success, are bearing the brunt of new stresses.

This free innovative program pairs parents and students with tutors to help them adjust to online learning through free tutoring.

Labour market insights

Skills Next

Canadians’ needs for skills training and education are changing quickly.

In response, the Public Policy Forum, external link, the Diversity Institute, external link, and the Future Skills Centre, external link have joined together to publish Skills Next, a series that explores what is working in workplaces, universities, and the labour market – and where workers are falling through the gaps in our skills training system.

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Work Integrated Learning in Ontario

This three-year, Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund project is evaluating and researching the barriers to work-integrated learning (WIL) for post-secondary students in Ontario through a series of interviews with institutional and employer stakeholders, analysis of national student surveys, and surveys of student participation in WIL.

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Bridging the Technology Skills Gap

New Evidence-Based Approaches to Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion

In this five-year, Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence project led by Dr. Wendy Cukier, scholars, industry and community partners will examine the discourses and data related to the skills gap and challenges that women, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous people face in the Information and Communications Technology sector. This project seeks to develop policies, practices, and technologies to expand the talent pool and advance inclusion.

The Diversity Institute has conducted groundbreaking research on diversity and inclusion in Canada, developed impactful programs like the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub, championed legislative change on Bill C-25 and has helped companies understand the opportunities of inclusion and develop tools to harness inclusion as a driver for success.