Future Skills has already begun to contribute vital information and data on issues of labour-force disruption, as well as providing actionable assessments of the policies that attempt to address it. 


research paper: Policy Options for the Changing World of Work

This article offers a critical assessment of contemporary ideas about labour market training, as well as of the initiatives proposed to assist workers and industries unsettled by technological disruption.  Our research has discovered that little is known empirically about the track record of success for current education, training and social programs.  In fact, their effectiveness in addressing the changing nature of work is tenuous at best. 

Our extensive survey of existing research and policy has led us to conclude that policy makers need to redouble efforts to invest in research as to who works and what works after technological disruption in order to respond effectively to further anticipated labour force upheavals.

The paper is currently under peer review.


database of recent research on the future of work (international)

This extensive literature repository has allowed our team to assess trends in experts' analysis of and predictions on the changing world of work. We offer our findings for the use of researchers interested in using this data for their own projects.


database of JURISDICTIONAL responses to the future of work (Coming Soon)

This database surveys government, for-profit, and not-for-profit programs designed with the intention to support workers displaced by new technologies, and programs designed to help individuals develop the skills necessary to thrive in future modes of work. Interested researchers are welcome to view our collection, as well as our explanatory.


directory of Data sources (canada)

This data scan provides an exhaustive inventory of surveys, administrative, and microdata focusing on education or training and labour market outcomes such as wages, employment, etc. We are making this directory of data available to assist researchers with their own related projects.


guide to databases

Researchers interested in using the above databases may benefit from consulting our guide to help orient themselves to the purpose, methodology, and organization of our research.



The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF), administered by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, to develop this publication. The views expressed in this publication are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Ontario.