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Trade Balance Slips Lower

According to the Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI), pressures in the supply chain decreased in November. This compounds the easing observed over the past four months showing positive results for the future of trade. Furthermore, freight rates fell 21 per cent in November, its lowest level since December 2020, as demand continued to slow and congestion levels decreased.

Quick take  |  2-min read
January 5, 2023
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Strategy for Scaling Value-Based Procurement in Canada: The Path to Value

Methodologies and applied frameworks are supporting the integration of system-level value-based procurement (VBP) in Canada. But they remain few and far between, lack grounding in systemic value-based healthcare (VBHC) core principles and secondary implementation criteria and aren’t measured or tracked across provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

Issue briefing  |  30-min read
December 7, 2022

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Improving Tower Sharing in Canada

Telecommunications services save time, energy, labour, and capital by condensing the time and space required for production, consumption, market activities, government operations, and educational and health services. In this sense, telecom services are an integral part of advanced economies..

Impact paper  |  29-min read
December 1, 2022

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Future-Proofing Investments in Workplace Mental Health

Investments in workplace mental health yield benefits well beyond productivity and can positively impact attraction of talent, employee retention, and risk management. However, in the wake of COVID-19, political unrest, climate change, and a high inflation, employers are unsure about the path ahead.

Impact paper  |  29-min read
November 10, 2022

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The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology

To help prepare Canadians for the future of work, our researchers and data scientists proudly developed the MOST on behalf of the Future Skills Centre. A sophisticated and data-rich projection tool, the MOST is designed to offer unique insights into the skills that will power Canada’s future labour markets.

Online experience  |  8-min read
October 11, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Digital Skills for Today and Tomorrow

The pandemic changed how many Canadian workers do their job. For some, this change is minor. For others, it is seismic. A central feature of the shifts in working is the increased interaction with, and reliance on, digital tools. These tools—and the skills needed to use them—are largely what helped Canada weather the economic storm the pandemic caused and continue to support Canadian businesses in a strong recovery.

Issue briefing  |  12-min read
September 27, 2022
Focus Area—Education & Skills
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Beyond Blue and White Collar: A Skills-Based Approach to Canadian Job Groupings

In Canada’s modern, knowledge-based, and service-centric economy, employers are increasingly thinking about work from a skills perspective. Old-fashioned labels like “blue collar” and “white collar” are no longer relevant. As well, factors such as educational attainment or work experience are only proxies for assessing the skills of workers. This means that we need a more sophisticated way to talk about employment opportunities.

Issue briefing  |  10-min read
August 3, 2022
Focus Area—Canadian Economics
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Transitioning to Jobs in the Clean Economy

One in five Canadian employees works at a job that’s vulnerable to automation. The clean economy is a rapid-growth sector that needs workers. Is there a way to solve for both? Employees working high-risk, low-mobility (HRLM) jobs have few options to transition into lower-risk occupations without undergoing retraining.

Online experience  |  8-min read
July 28, 2022
Focus Area—Innovation & Technology
Partner—Future Skills Centre