Future Skills Council – Summary of Preliminary Engagement

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Following a call from Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, to advise on national and regional skills development and training priorities as part of the newly appointed Future Skills Council, I am pleased to share with you the results of preliminary engagement.

Council members, including myself and Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, President of Holland College, engaged almost 400 individuals from over 150 organizations to gather perspectives from across private, public, and non-profit sectors. Preliminary outreach identified seven opportunities and potential challenges:

  • a lack of sufficient high-quality, relevant, timely, and accessible labour-market information;
  • structural barriers and skills shortages within Canada’s skills-training ecosystem;
  • incorporating essential skills into all facets of skills development policies and programming;
  • fostering greater public awareness about the importance and necessity of lifelong learning;
  • new and emerging models of learning and training;
  • employer involvement in skills development; and,
  • support for individuals and groups at higher risk of the negative effects of disruptive change.

The Council will use the items identified through public engagement to inform the development of its Strategic Plan, which will serve as a call to action to all actors in the skills development system to help Canadians develop the skills they need to thrive in a changing labour market.

The Council’s full Summary of Preliminary Engagement can be viewed here.

We thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. Your thoughts have helped inform decisions that will have a lasting impact on the future of skills training in Canada. In the coming months, I will share more information with you in Winter 2020 as the Future Skills Council elaborates on its strategic plan.


Denise Amyot
Présidente‑directrice générale
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