What is the Future Skills Centre?

Canadians need to prepare for a changing labour market. The Future Skills Centre—Centre des Compétences futures (FSC–CCF) will help them transition and adapt to new jobs.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program, the Future Skills Centre is a partnership between Blueprint, Ryerson University, and The Conference Board of Canada.

As part of our commitment to the Future Skills Centre, the Conference Board will research future skills needs, lead knowledge mobilization and convening activities, and facilitate the exchange of ideas by developing a pan-Canadian stakeholder network.

Listening to You

We recently heard from Canadians across the country on how the Future Skills Centre can best meet your region’s priorities.

The Conference Board of Canada organized the Regional Sounding Tour and the Virtual Regional Sounding Tour as part of the Future Skills Centre’s strategic roundtable events. By listening to Canadians in the skills and training community, we gained valuable insights into the skills that will be needed tomorrow.

Latest Research

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

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Saskatchewan’s Forest Sector: Future Skills for an Indigenous-Led Revitalization

The Canadian forest sector is facing a challenge to attract, train, and retain workers. In this boom-and-bust industry, forestry companies must increase efficiency in order to remain competitive when the market is weak while also responding to growing demand for sustainable practices and high-value wood products. Indigenous forestry businesses are no strangers to this dilemma.

Case study  |  25-min read
November 30, 2021
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities

In partnership with:

Ryerson University
The Conference Board of Canada
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program