In 2001, The Conference Board of Canada produced a path-breaking study on Canada’s learning recognition system called Brain Gain: The Economic Benefits of Recognizing Learning and Learning Credentials in Canada. The study found significant numbers of Canadians who faced learning recognition challenges and had difficulty aligning their employment with their skill.
Brain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System, is an update to the initial analysis. It is intended to improve our understanding of current learning recognition challenges and to determine whether Canada’s learning recognition system has, in fact, improved over time. Using substantially similar methods, this report finds that Canada is still a laggard in employing learning recognition as a means to increase returns to human capital and provide substantial benefits for the Canadian economy. It concludes with some suggestions for improving the functioning of Canada’s learning recognition system to that Canada can realize a brain gain.