The pandemic has disproportionately impacted Canada’s underrepresented groups, including those women, youth, Indigenous people and recent immigrants, and our economy depends on their full inclusion in the workforce. The policies and programs that may have served Canada well in past economic crises must be revisited if we are to ensure a strong post-pandemic recovery that empowers all Canadians.
We spoke with Canadian leaders on labour market data, education, diversity and inclusion and the support that is needed to create a resilient economic recovery that will lead to a just and equitable Canadian economy.
- Canada should not rely on outdated credential models in education and must focus on the skills that are needed for successful employment.
- Behind any strong skills strategy for the recovery is the need for quality, relevant and accessible labour market information.
- Canada’s workforce and education system must go beyond students and the unemployed to support working adults through the lifelong learning process.
- Canada’s labour market is becoming increasingly polarized by the adoption of new technologies, and we must mitigate the risks of automation through good job design.