The skills gap in Canada: The knowledge intensity of Canadians' jobs is growing rapidly (2006)

Lessons in Learning - December 21, 2006

The rising level of competition facing Canadian firms, combined with changes in production technologies and changes in the nature and organization of work, are all driving increases in the knowledge intensity of jobs in Canada. The authors of this paper note that even though Canadians are better educated than ever before, there are signs that the Canadian labour force does not have adequate skills to keep up with the demands of work, as high-knowledge industries play a progressively larger role in Canada’s economy.

This lack of progress may reflect a phenomenon best described as skill loss, in which individuals lose skills they once had through forgetting and lack of use. This skill loss may account for the finding that Canada-wide, average levels of adult literacy have not increased, even though educational attainment has improved.

The authors point out that the probability of a group gaining or losing skills appears to depend on a variety of factors over which individuals, employers, or governments may be able to exert some control. Those factors include postsecondary education, the amount of reading on and off the job, and stable employment.

They call on Canada to develop a coordinated strategy designed to close the literacy and numeracy skills gap, a strategy that takes into account the factors relevant to skill loss.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). The skills gap in Canada: The knowledge intensity of Canadians' jobs is growing rapidly 2006. Web. 13 Aug. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/skills_gap_canada/skills_gap_canada.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2006). The skills gap in Canada: The knowledge intensity of Canadians' jobs is growing rapidly. Retrieved August 13, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/skills_gap_canada/skills_gap_canada.pdf
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