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The Future Skills Centre (FSC) will help Canadians prepare for, transition and adapt to new jobs and a changing labour market. Funded by the Government of Canada's Future Skills Program , the Future Skills Centre is a partnership between Ryerson University, Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint ADE.

As part of our commitment to the FSC, the Conference Board will conduct research on future skills needs, lead knowledge mobilization and convening activities, and help to facilitate the exchange of ideas through the development of a pan-Canadian stakeholder network.

Five Key Reasons to Participate
  • You will be joining a pan-Canadian stakeholder network focused on the Future of Work
  • Your input will help us select and fund the right projects
  • You can help us engage urban, rural and remote communities for a better economic future
  • Be in the know as we disseminate knowledge and engage the workforce
  • Take part in the creation of a Labour Market Data Platform
Who Should Participate?

Anyone who has an interest in the future of work in Canada. This includes:

  • Youth and adult learners
  • Educators and trainers
  • Businesses
  • Governments
  • Non-profits
  • Indigenous
  • Immigrant serving organizations

News Release
February 14, 2019
Toronto, Ontario
Employment and Social Development Canada

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.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, announced the Future Skills Centre and Future Skills Council. This is part of the Government’s plan to ensure that all Canadians have the skills to find and keep good quality jobs and grow the middle class.

Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint were selected to partner and operate Canada’s new Future Skills Centre. The Future Skills Centre will operate at arm’s length from the Government of Canada to fund projects across Canada that develop, test and measure new approaches to skills assessment and development.

Fifteen members from Canada’s public, private, labour and not-for-profit sectors were selected to form the Future Skills Council. The selection process was an open call that was merit-based and took into consideration regional, cultural and gender diversity. 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 Council will be co-chaired by Valerie Walker, Executive Director of the Business/ Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) and Dr. Thierry Karsenti, Director of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE).

Quick Fact
• The Government of Canada is investing $225 million over four years, and $75 million per year thereafter, in Future Skills.

Associated Links
Future Skills Council
Future Skills Centre


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