Education & Skills

The Conference Board of Canada helps inform and improve Canada’s education and skills sectors. Through independent and collaborative evidence-based research and analysis, we examine and address key issues in the country’s fast-changing learning ecosystems. Our work provides leaders with the actionable insights they need to build a stronger future.

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Recent Reports

Mergers, affiliations, and consortiums 

Like marriages, mergers between post-secondary education (PSE) institutions typically involve two parties, with considerable planning before assets are legally combined. And, in both cases, it’s almost always easier to get in than out. In Canada, our institutions are seemingly reluctant to “take the plunge," compared to peer countries.


The Future Is Social and Emotional

Demand for skilled employees is not new, but the skills considered “in demand” have evolved. While developing skills is a life long endeavour, the skills that Canadians learn through post-secondary training are key to workplace success. But demand for social and emotional skills (SES) is growing. Are we doing enough to prepare Canadians for the evolving workplace?

Webpage—December 11, 2019

Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Insights and recommendations from business and higher education on the benefits of gender equity.

Report—77 pages

The future is social and emotional: Evolving skills needs in the 21st century

The most in-demand skills for today’s and tomorrow’s labour market aren’t technical—they’re social and emotional. Academic research and industry surveys on skills needs indicate that social and emotional skills (SES), or human skills, are critical for employability and career success. But are Canada’s education and training systems doing enough to prepare students for work?

Report—March 31st, 2020

Building Connections. Platforms for Education & Skills

This document distils the challenges, barriers, best practices, and recommendations from our 40+ research reports, briefings, and events.

Report—11 pages

Building skills connections series: Skills for a prosperous Alberta

Commissioned by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education, in partnership with NorQuest College, The Conference Board of Canada’s Building Skills Connections Series examines the post-secondary skills needed to ensure Alberta’s current and future prosperity.


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Upcoming events

The Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) will help Canadians prepare for, transition and adapt to new jobs and a changing labour market….


Future Skills 2020 Conference

How can we understand the future of work and skills? Let’s use evidence to map where we’ve been and plan where we want to go. On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, The Conference Board of Canada is facilitating the Centre’s first conference, bringing together skills stakeholders from across Canada to prepare today for the workforce of tomorrow.

Free conference —November 16-17, 2020

Featured Researcher

Matthew McKean

Director, Future Skills

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Executive Councils & Research Centres

Members gain fresh insights, identify new strategies, and face challenges unique to universities.


Custom Research

Contact us to discuss new projects examining skills and education challenges facing Canada today.