Publications

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. 

 
 
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Research Paper: Training and Skills Development Policy Options for the Changing World of Work

This article offers a critical assessment of empirical knowledge regarding labour market training and skills development in an era of technological disruption. While we do not know exactly which skills and jobs will become obsolete, technology may cause unemployment to spike and increase the need for retraining. In order to move towards understanding what policy interventions will be needed in response, this paper assesses the current state of knowledge about Canada’s active labour market policies. We argue that before creating new programs, we need to learn from existing policy attempts to address labour market disruptions. By analyzing the most recent ESDC evaluations, we find that there is a lack of quality data and analyses regarding the effectiveness of these programs. The paper concludes that there is a need for research in this area before policymakers are able to develop responses to technological disruption.

The paper will be published in a forthcoming volume of Canadian Public Policy.

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, in the development of this publication.

 
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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.

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, in the development of this publication.

 
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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.

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, in the development of this publication.

 
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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.

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, in the development of this publication.

 
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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.