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Consumer Confidence Retreats Amidst Omicron Concerns

With new lockdown measures imposed this month, and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise, it comes as no surprise that the Canadian consumer feels less confident. Future optimism might further erode as consumers spend less and save more due to the uncertainty facing future prices.

Quick take  |  2-min read
January 17, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Knee-deep in water, manufacturers shift into high gear in November

Flooding in British Columbia led to material shortages and transportation issues for several manufacturers in November, and many supply chain currents are still flowing against the industry. Yet, activity in the sector continued to grow. Motor vehicle manufacturing sales, which have been plagued by semiconductor shortages, managed to grow.

Quick take  |  2-min read
January 17, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Canadian Human Resources Metrics Benchmarking

Build and refine your Human Resources (HR) practices for managing your teams. Understand the current business environment, and know what’s changing. Our data from across Canadian industries and regions will help you see where you excel and where you can grow.

Online experience  |  8-min read
January 14, 2022
Focus Area—Human Resources

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Fuelling 2050: the Road Forward

In the past 10 years, many pathways have been developed to show how Canada can transition to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Evaluating the best inputs and forecasts from this library of options through a lens of achievability rather than an aspirational one is a challenge. Aspiration is important, but with 29 years left to 2050, Canada’s energy system requires a “most likely outcome” for policy and practical guidance.

Impact paper  |  46-min read
January 13, 2022
Focus Area—Sustainability

Future Skills Centre Research

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Future Skills Summit

Our nation’s labour market is undergoing massive change. It’s being shaped by effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as unprecedented demographic shifts, economic changes and technological advances. To navigate these disruptions and foster the future prosperity of Canada, we must support the lifelong skills development of our workforce.

Summit  |  Virtual
February 22–24, 2022
Client—Future Skills Centre

Values, Knowledge, and Vision: How Inuit Skills Can Strengthen Northern Economies

The relationship between the wage economy and the traditional land-based economy in Inuit Nunangat is complex—as is Inuit participation in both. Traditional land-based activities such as hunting and harvesting are integral to community food security and cultural continuity, but the ways in which Inuit experience and earn these livelihoods continue to evolve.

Primer  |  18-min read
December 20, 2021
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities
Client—Future Skills Centre

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Made in Nunavut: Building Inuit Skills for Northern Offshore Fisheries and Beyond

Nunavut’s economy is largely dependent on mining and public administration. But the territory’s commercial fishery and associated marine capacity has continued to grow over the past two decades. Just prior to COVID-19, the Nunavut Fisheries Alliance estimated that the territory’s commercial fishery added $112 million to Canada’s 2019 GDP. This includes the fishery’s direct operations, its companies’ supply chains, and associated consumer spending.

Impact paper  |  30-min read
December 14, 2021
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities
Client—Future Skills Centre