The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology (MOST)

How We Answer Questions About the Future of Work

To help prepare Canadians for the future of work, our researchers and data scientists proudly developed the MOST on behalf of the Future Skills Centre. A sophisticated and data-rich projection tool, the MOST is designed to offer unique insights into the skills that will power Canada’s future labour markets.

The Database Behind the MOST

The MOST includes:

  • Occupational coverage—forecasts for 500 occupational groups.*
  • *As defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Industry inclusion—employment estimates for nearly 700 different industries.*
  • *As defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

  • Skill requirements—occupations in the MOST can be described using 35 skills categories.*
  • *As defined by the OECD’s O*Net skills database.

  • Regional coverage—all provinces and territories are included in the MOST.

The MOST generates detailed occupational and industry-level projections for every region in Canada and connects the findings with specific skills.

Latest Research

The Labour Market of Tomorrow

Here we use MOST to provide insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional labour demand in Canada since March 2020 and will cast a shadow that extends out to 2030. We assess which job types and skills are most likely to see rising demand over this decade. We also assess how automation could potentially impact the demand for different roles and skills.

Data briefing  |  15-min read  |  October 11, 2022

How We Use the MOST to Inform the Workforce of Tomorrow

The MOST in Action

The MOST tool informed a recent Conference Board study that provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional labour demand in Canada. Some of the study’s main findings:

  • The strongest job gains in the next 10 years are expected to be in the IT, computer engineering, architecture, finance, veterinary services, and transportation fields.
  • In-demand skills will include complex problem-solving, systems evaluation, systems analysis, writing, and programming.
  • While some occupations may benefit from automation, others could see job losses of close to 8 per cent by 2030.
  • Pandemic-related changes will impact the Canadian labour market beyond 2030.
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Duangsuda Sopchokchai

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Want to learn more about the MOST model or other economic research products and services? Contact Duangsuda Sopchokchai, Associate Director of Economics Research at The Conference Board of Canada.

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In partnership with:

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