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A Step Forward and a Step Back: Fall Economic Statement

Overall, the government deserves credit for not announcing big, broad-based spending items but should keep its powder dry given the headwinds of a significant economic slowdown, stubbornly high inflation, and rising interest rates against a backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty.

Quick take  |  6-min read
November 4, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Inflation and Interest Rates Bring New Challenges: Major City Insights

While ongoing supply chain issues and other challenges sparked by the pandemic are still headaches, COVID-19 is no longer the biggest risk to the economies of most major cities across Canada. The main concern in the near term is the impact of stubbornly high inflation and rising interest rates.

Online experience  |  8-min read
October 21, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Keeping International Students In-Province

International education is changing, and the shifts in international student enrolment could shape immigration and settlement patterns across Canada. During their studies, students build connections to their peers, post-secondary institution, and community in Canada. These connections could increase the likelihood that international students who stay in Canada settle in the community or province where they studied.

Online experience  |  8-min read
October 20, 2022
Focus Area—Immigration

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Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada and a number of partners embarked on a multi-year project entitled Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada. Central to the project were community planning processes in four remote Indigenous communities that aimed to improve these communities’ capacities to manage threats and risks, cope with change, and seize opportunities.

Impact paper  |  40-min read
October 13, 2022
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities

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The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology

To help prepare Canadians for the future of work, our researchers and data scientists proudly developed the MOST on behalf of the Future Skills Centre. A sophisticated and data-rich projection tool, the MOST is designed to offer unique insights into the skills that will power Canada’s future labour markets.

Online experience  |  8-min read
October 11, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Digital Skills for Today and Tomorrow

The pandemic changed how many Canadian workers do their job. For some, this change is minor. For others, it is seismic. A central feature of the shifts in working is the increased interaction with, and reliance on, digital tools. These tools—and the skills needed to use them—are largely what helped Canada weather the economic storm the pandemic caused and continue to support Canadian businesses in a strong recovery.

Issue briefing  |  12-min read
September 27, 2022
Focus Area—Education & Skills
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Beyond Blue and White Collar: A Skills-Based Approach to Canadian Job Groupings

In Canada’s modern, knowledge-based, and service-centric economy, employers are increasingly thinking about work from a skills perspective. Old-fashioned labels like “blue collar” and “white collar” are no longer relevant. As well, factors such as educational attainment or work experience are only proxies for assessing the skills of workers. This means that we need a more sophisticated way to talk about employment opportunities.

Issue briefing  |  10-min read
August 3, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Transitioning to Jobs in the Clean Economy

One in five Canadian employees works at a job that’s vulnerable to automation. The clean economy is a rapid-growth sector that needs workers. Is there a way to solve for both? Employees working high-risk, low-mobility (HRLM) jobs have few options to transition into lower-risk occupations without undergoing retraining.

Online experience  |  8-min read
July 28, 2022
Focus Area—Innovation & Technology
Partner—Future Skills Centre