Brain Gain: Optimizing Canada’s Learning Recognition System

The Conference Board of Canada, February 19, 2016
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Canada has long been a country of mobile people. Among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Canada’s total immigration numbers trail only the United States and France; and relative to the size of its population, only Australia and Luxembourg. In 2011, immigrants represented 20.6 per cent of Canada’s population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries. In a typical year, Canada welcomes over 250,000 immigrants as permanent residents. Over a five-year period, almost 1 million Canadians move between provinces, often to pursue employment or education opportunities.

However, even with one of the most mobile workforces in the world in terms of international and interprovincial migration, Canada’s learning recognition system continues to be organized along provincial lines. In 2001, The Conference Board of Canada published Brain Gain: The Economic Benefits of Recognizing Learning and Learning Credentials in Canada. The study was the first to collect original data (via a household survey) from Canadians who had experienced challenges with learning recognition. At the time, we calculated that Canada would stand to gain between $4.1 and $5.9 billion through improved learning recognition.

Join us for this 60 minute webinar as we evaluate the state of Canadian learning recognition since the publication of the first Brain Gain study in 2001. Based on the recently released study: Brain Gain 2015: The State of Canada's Learning Recognition System, this session will explore how the country has adapted to our increasingly mobile workforce, and the consequences of not getting it right.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn:

  • Whether Canada’s learning recognition has adjusted to the challenges presented by a mobile workforce;
  • Our current estimates of the number of Canadians who struggle with learning recognition;
  • How much Canada may gain in income and human capital if we can improve learning recognition;
  • Our suggestions for reforms that would help Canada realize these gains.

About Michael

Photo of Michael GrantMichael Grant is the Director of Research, Industry and Business Strategy, the Conference Board of Canada. Michael was the co-author of the original Brain Gain study (with Dr. Michael Bloom) in 2001 and is the author of Brain Gain 2015.

Michael has 30 years research experience in a wide variety of subjects. He has conducted a number of studies of Canada’s school-to-work transition system and Canada’s labour market information system.

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