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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

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.

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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

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.

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Work Integrated Learning in Ontario

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

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.