Canada's Skills Crisis: What We Heard (2012)

A Canadian Chamber of Commerce report on cross-country consultations in 2012

This document outlines the findings of country-wide consultations carried out by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2012 to explore the issue of skill and labour shortages.

Three key issues emerged from the consultations: the need to upgrade the skills of existing Canadian workers; the necessity of improved connections between educators and employers; and the need to find the right approach to immigration.

As well, the roundtable discussions revealed regional preoccupations in two major areas. In the western provinces and the territories, employers emphasized the need to address education and skills gaps among Aboriginal people, who are seen as a large and valuable potential workforce.

In Eastern Canada, employers spoke about the need for more emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the school system.

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