Future of Work

The way we work is changing at an accelerated rate. Stay ahead of the curve with the latest insights on the future of the workplace.

Human Resources    June 1, 2023

This series explores trending topics in human resources (HR) using two methods: spotlight reports and case studies. The spotlight reports are short, easily digestible pieces that examine best practices in the HR space.

Online experience  •  8-min read

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Valuing Skills in Canada: A Statistical Approach

Education & Skills   May 23, 2023

A key ingredient for a successful and financially rewarding career is having useful and valuable skills that enable people to perform specific jobs. Accordingly, we expect workers with in-demand skills to earn higher wages and salaries, reflecting the need for those skills in the workplace.

Impact paper  •  33-min read
Partner: Future Skills Centre

Perspectives From the Bargaining Table: Labour Relations Outlook

Canadian Economics   April 26, 2023

The Labour Relations Outlook explores key themes in collective bargaining, such as forecasted wage increases for unionized employees in 2023, the post-pandemic union–management climate, and key bargaining priorities and challenges that are expected to come up at the bargaining table this year.

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Job Postings Bounce Up as Hiring Activity Remains Resilient: Canadian Hiring Index

Canadian Economics   April 20, 2023

Despite the rise this month, job postings in Canada are down 5.1 per cent compared with March 2022. Year over year, job postings fell across most provinces, a sign that the demand in the labour market that had persisted through much of 2022 is gradually moderating.

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Digital Occupation Pathways: From Vulnerable Jobs to Rapid-Growth Careers

Education & Skills   March 29, 2023

Advances in digital and automation technologies are fundamentally changing how goods and services are produced and delivered and will have huge implications for the labour market. While investment in technology and the resulting productivity gains are a desired outcome for the economy, it creates uncertainty for workers whose skills become obsolete in this process.

Impact paper  •  65-min read
Partner: Future Skills Centre

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Preparing for an Impending Employee Exodus: Increased Turnover and Retirement Risk Necessitate Succession Planning

Human Resources    March 14, 2023

An employee exodus in the coming months and years will affect many industries because of retirement risk or postponement and voluntary turnover. Organizations need robust, responsive succession plans to mitigate these risks and ensure long-term stability.

Issue briefing  •  45-min read

Indigenous Ownership

Indigenous & Northern Communities    March 8, 2023

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada are emerging as successful major project leaders, but not all of them have the necessary resources to make informed decisions, manage risks, and finance large-scale investments in their futures.

Online experience  •  8-min read

Our Partnership with Future Skills Centre

Canadians need to prepare for a changing labour market and learning ecosystem. FSC is your go-to resource for the skills people need and the paths to get there.

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Building a Digitally Skilled Workforce

Education & Skills    March 7, 2023

When it comes to digital skills, Canada is falling behind. How can we ensure that Canadian employers have the skills they need to adapt, innovate, and grow in an increasingly digital future?

Impact paper  •  15-min read
Partner: Future Skills Centre

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Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Education & Skills    March 3, 2023

To avert the worst impacts of climate change, Canada has set an ambitious goal of achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Transitioning to a net-zero economy is expected to be disruptive, but it will also create new global employment opportunities.

Online experience  •  8-min read
Partner: Future Skills Centre

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On the Other Side of the Screen

Education & Skills    January 30, 2023

Experiential learning (EL), or learning by doing, lets students train in real-life settings. It helps them develop their technical and social and emotional skills (SES), discover career options, and set goals. Traditionally, EL takes place in person, and students develop skills through hands-on practice. But the COVID-19 pandemic forced many programs that include EL to find alternative ways to deliver education.

Issue briefing  •  20-min read

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Why Measuring Employee Engagement Matters

Human Resources    January 31, 2023

Labour markets have tightened markedly, with shortages continuing across a broad spectrum of industries, occupations, and skills categories. With increased labour market mobility and intense competition for talent, organizations are looking at how they can retain workers.

Issue briefing  •  9-min read

Investing in Polytechnic Education in the Northwest Territories

Education & Skills    January 23, 2023

This report highlights foreseeable benefits of creating a high-quality polytechnic university in the NWT. It describes what a polytechnic does and examines how Aurora College can tailor these functions to contribute to the territory’s economic and social goals.

Issue briefing  •  14-min read

Salary Increases Lag Behind Inflation: Compensation Planning Outlook

Canadian Economics    January 23, 2023

Each year, the Conference Board’s Compensation Planning Outlook provides a trusted forecast for compensation and HR professionals across the country. This report gives the most up-to-date data, essential for any organization looking to secure the talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Online experience  •  8-min read