Farmers, Clerks, and Engineers: A look at how we selected the occupations informing our forecast of employment in 2030
For our ongoing project, Employment in 2030, we want to understand which skills and jobs will likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years. But with a labour market that spans 500 national occupation groups, find out which jobs we chose to focus on and why.
Connecting the Dots: Linking Canadian occupations to skills data
To better understand the skills, knowledge, and abilities that make up the 500 national occupations in Canada, we created a crosswalk to apply US data in a Canadian context. Learn how we did it and even give our open source tool a spin for yourself.
How to design a workshop for the future of employment
For this next phase of our work on employment in 2030, we travelled to Alberta, Ontario, Yukon, British Columbia, Quebec, and Newfoundland Labrador to gather a diverse group of 120+ people to share their expertise in labour market trends. Learn more about the objectives and design of our cross-country workshops.


t the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), we’re motivated by the potential of the innovation economy. We believe Canada can build prosperity that will be more widely shared than ever before. To achieve this future, Canada will need forward-looking insights and new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy.


Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on work streams which we believe are critical to Canada’s future economic success. They build collaborative relationships with our partners to generate rigorous research, propose unconventional approaches and pilot ideas to explore how Canada’s innovation economy can include people of different ages, incomes and backgrounds.

In collaboration with MaRS Data Catalyst and the Labour Market Information Council, and with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co, this project aims to develop a model for better understanding job transitions, so that workers with valuable skills can find new roles at companies that need them.
Despite its strong reputation in AI research, Canada’s ability to translate AI’s promise into economic impact at home continues to lag. This project seeks to uncover how Canadian firms identify, acquire, and access talent needed to successfully adopt AI.
If you could see into the future, which types of skills and jobs would likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years? Learn about our project exploring employment in and around the year 2030 with the aim of future-proofing workers to get ahead of job disruption and job opportunities.
This work stream seeks to understand future skill demands across Canada, while helping companies and people gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.
What is the future of employment in 2030?
What if we knew which types of jobs and skills would likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years? Yet, despite the anxiety many Canadians feel about the changing nature of work, Canada lacks a holistic, detailed, and actionable forecast of in-demand skills. Upcoming research aims to help us plan better for the future of work.
Strange ideas about the future of employment
Since we’re not (yet) able to predict the future, we used strategic foresight research methods to explore employment in Canada over the next 10–15 years. Learn how seemingly strange and disparate topics, like brain enhancements, wildfires, and suburban growth, all have the potential to impact the future of employment in Canada–even if these impacts are not always immediately obvious.