Portrait des entrepreneurs et de l’entrepreneuriat créatifs au Canada
Les entreprises et des travailleurs créatifs sont un élément vital de l’économie du Canada, des travailleurs autonomes aux entreprises compétitives à l’échelle internationale en passant par les collectifs d’artistes, stimulant l’innovation et le transfert de connaissances, les valeurs commerciales et culturelles tout comme les occasions d’emploi.
Abstract illustration of creative items including theatre mask, video game controller.
Artists and creative businesses and organizations took a hard and direct hit from the 2020 pandemic and public health guidelines forbidding public gatherings, events, and non-essential in-person work. This article explores the state of creative work and entrepreneurship in the era of physical distancing.
Illustration of a woman founder embarking on an entrepreneurial journey with her child.
An in-depth survey of the experiences of high-growth women founders as they scale their companies, revealing divergent pathways to growth and new strategies for government, policymakers, accelerators and funders to better support the distinct needs of women-led firms.


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.

Are you a grocery store cashier, store clerk or shelf stocker in Ontario? Take part in a research study exploring your experiences and opinions about work.
As the next step in our research on employment in 2030, this project is designed to translate our Forecast of Canadian Occupational Growth into action. We aim to develop regionally based, nationally relevant solutions that help workers across Canada gain the skills and abilities critical for the future of work.
Digital skills, and access to digital literacy training, have never been more important. From extensive research to a youth-focused pilot, we’ve been working to better understand how digital literacy is taught and learned across Canada, who has access to it, and who doesn’t.
In partnership, the Brookfield Institute and the Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab will produce an Inclusive Innovation Monitor, a unique framework to measure the relationship between innovation and inclusion metrics. Our monitor will explore Canada’s capacity and performance related to innovation—and how opportunities to participate in and benefit from the innovation economy are distributed.
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.
Illustration by Sophie Berg of woman climbing rocks of health insurance, taxes, benefits.
From paying taxes to accessing benefits, learn about the issues facing independent workers in a world set up for full-time work. Find out why Jon Shell and Jack Graham think it’s time for Canada to start better supporting freelancers, as part of our series on building inclusion and equity into the innovation economy.
I, Human: The digital and soft skills driving Canada’s labour market
This report uses online job postings data from Burning Glass to push our understanding of which digital skills are in demand and what combination of digital and soft skills can help workers successfully navigate the Canadian job market.
Who are Canada’s Tech Workers?
Looking at the many faces behind Canada’s tech occupations, with a focus on who are Canada’s tech workers? Where do they work? And what do they earn?