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Impact of Tech on Ontario’s Workforce: A research project
Over the course of five months, beginning in Fall 2017, we examined the implications of technological change on Ontario's labour market, including areas of potential worker disruption but also opportunities for growth. Supported by the Ontario Government, we sought to produce a report to share our learnings.
The Talented Mr. Robot: The impact of automation on Canada’s workforce
This report demonstrates that nearly 42 percent of the Canadian labour force is at a high risk of being impacted by automation in the next decade or two. Using a different methodology, we also found that 42 percent of the tasks that Canadians are currently paid to do can be automated using existing technology.
Building Ontario’s advanced manufacturing supercluster from scratch
In conversation with Jay Myers, CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, the industry-led, not-for-profit organization established to lead Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. While in the early stages of its development, Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster promises to help Ontario’s manufacturing and tech companies and workers alike build the connections and capabilities.


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 to continuously update actionable innovation policy.

Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on forward-looking 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.

How can Canada level up our digital literacy? We're seeking to understand what digital literacy is, who has access to it, and why it’s important for civic, social, and economic participation. We'll be looking at the state of digital literacy across the country, at all ages and levels.
This engagement brought together senior government leaders and industry experts for a day of stimulating speakers and in-depth discussions on the past, present, and future of AI and its potential impacts on public policy.
This program is designed to help young people between the ages of 12 and 15 learn to code and improve their digital skills, preparing them for jobs in an increasingly digital economy
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.
Public Policy for our Automated Urban Future
For techno-optimists, artificial intelligence (AI) is the future of cities; needed to build and operate efficient, networked, modern skyspires that effectively use data to improve urban life – the “smart” transparent cities of tomorrow. But the public policy implications of AI aren’t just a science fiction future: they pose urgent present-day challenges too.
Breaking Into Tech
Informed by interviews with leaders in Waterloo’s tech community, this report provides a set of key takeaways for employers and aspiring tech workers alike, on the process of finding and retaining top tech talent.
Levelling Up: The quest for digital literacy
This report maps the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada. It highlights the types of digital skills that people in Canada are pursuing, sheds light on barriers to access, and identifies existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills.