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October 11, 2022     Canadian Economics

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.

Online experience   •   8-min read
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Competition in Canadian Telecom: Implications of Consolidation

Innovation & Technology     June 2, 2022

At the most basic level, telecommunications infrastructure saves time, energy, labour, and capital by condensing the time and space required for production, consumption, market activities, government operations, and educational and health services. With around $39 billion in gross value added, the Canadian telecommunications industry accounted for approximately 2 per cent of national GDP in 2020. The industry directly employed over 115,000 workers that year.

Impact paper   •   25-min read

Career Able: Job Transitions for Canadians With Disabilities

Inclusion     May 16, 2022

Everyone needs career options, including people with disabilities. The Conference Board of Canada, on behalf of the Future Skills Centre, is leading a study to support the job transitions of people with disabilities. The study aims to promote labour market retention and career mobility for this equity-deserving group.

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Digital Skills for a Future-Ready World

Education & Skills     May 11, 2022

Our world has become more and more digital in recent decades. Prior to the pandemic, the pace of digitalization was consistently increasing with the non-stop introduction of new digital tools and technologies. The pandemic hit, and that pace accelerated even more.

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Innovation & Technology     May 3, 2022

Major forces are the trends that shape our world. They push our societies, businesses, and governments to recalibrate their decisions and pursue the opportunities they provide. For example, major forces such as climate change force businesses to become more sustainable, and an aging workforce requires governments to find creative solutions to social safety net challenges.

Issue briefing   •   22-min read

Benefits and Challenges of Hybrid Work

Human Resources     May 2, 2022

Transitioning to a hybrid workplace model will provide organizations with an opportunity to redefine their workplace culture. Transparency and clear communication when redefining workplace values and culture can give employees a sense of excitement and a renewed purpose. To encourage employee engagement, it is imperative that leaders collaborate with their employees on how to build and contribute toward a new workplace culture.

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Transforming Learning in a Pandemic Context

Education & Skills     April 7, 2022

Across Canada, in-person learning opportunities for nursing students became limited or stopped completely at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet learning criteria, nursing programs had to pivot. For example, some expanded the use of virtual simulations and scenarios as an alternative to in-person care in hospitals, long-term facilities, or community-based experiences.

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Innovation & Technology Councils

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Women-Led Ventures

Inclusion     March 30, 2022

Entrepreneurship has long been seen as a catalyst of economic growth and national prosperity. But in Canada, new business ventures are still much more likely to be led by men than by women. In speaking with entrepreneurs who recently closed Series A financing, we’re exploring the differences and similarities in the management and fundraising approaches of men and women Canadian technology entrepreneurs.

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Lessons From the Nordic Innovation Study Tour

Innovation & Technology     March 28, 2022

Innovation is important at the firm level, as organizations that innovate successfully enhance their competitiveness and position themselves for growth. Canada exhibits relatively weak innovation performance, while Nordic countries are recognized as global innovation leaders. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway all outperform Canada on The Conference Board of Canada’s Innovation Report Card, which examines various indicators of innovation capacity, activity, and results. This has been the case for several years.

Impact paper   •   30-min read

C-Suite Challenge: Priorities for Leadership

Human Resources     March 25, 2022

As the population ages, retirement rates are increasing. At the same time, not enough young people or immigrants are entering the workforce to make up for the labour losses. Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced Canada’s immigration levels, further tightening the Canadian labour market. And COVID-related lockdowns and layoffs (e.g., in retail, hospitality) resulted in widespread resignations, with workers leaving for industries that were less impacted by public health restrictions and offered benefits such as remote work, less exposure to the virus, and increased stability.

Data briefing   •   7-min read