Skills for an Innovation-Driven 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.
Future Skills
Peter Thomas Ryan / Brookfield Institute

About the Skills For An Innovation-Driven Economy Work Stream

We identify the skills that Canadians and innovative companies will need to remain competitive, and pilot programs that help them gain those skills – so that companies and workers alike can navigate and thrive in an innovation-driven economy.

An innovation economy needs a workforce with up-to-date skills. But as new technologies are introduced and the innovation economy grows, the skills sought by employers are continually shifting. It can be challenging for Canadians to know which skills they need to remain relevant throughout their careers. Employers themselves struggle to anticipate what their future needs might be.

Canadian businesses, educators, policy makers and others will need continuing and up-to-date insights on which skills are in high demand, in local labour markets and in different industries, as well as ideas on how to design effective training programs, ensure that Canadians can access them, and match talent to employer needs.

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Feb 13, 2020

Opinion: Smart policy could be the key to ensuring that Canada is poised to capture the highs and mitigate the lows of the innovation economy. This op-ed was originally published by The Hill Times
The future is here, but is Canada ready to take advantage of it?

Jan 16, 2020

Inspired by BII+E’s research on employment in the year 2030, artifacts from the future are designed to spark thinking about what kinds of goods and services might exist in the next 10 years and beyond
Six artifacts from the future

Dec 17, 2019

Telling Canadians they need digital skills is not enough; we must be specific. This report does just that by exploring the demand for digital and soft skills in the Canadian labour market.
I, Human: The digital and soft skills driving Canada’s labour market

Dec 17, 2019

Using job postings data, we’ve developed a demand-driven taxonomy of digital skills to uncover the specific combinations of digital and soft skills employers are looking for
Skills demand in a digital economy
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