Canada's biggest economic challenge: Improving workplace learning in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning - March 15, 2007

The authors of this paper argue that without a strong commitment to and investment in workplace learning, Canada might not have enough workers with the necessary skills to meet future economic challenges.

Canada is falling behind its competitors in ensuring the ongoing workforce training and development, they note. While governments and others can provide support, increasing employer investment in workplace learning and skills development is critical for Canada’s future economic success.

Among the ideas put forward to increase employer investment in workplace learning are a tax credit for firms to encourage investment in training; a training fund, with matching contributions from firms and government; a national training levy; job protection for those who leave to further their training; and greater government support for Literacy and Essential Skills training, as a public good.

The authors also encourage increased support for sector councils and sectoral initiatives, and for the pooling of resources and expertise, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises; increase awareness of the return on investment that raining offers; and active advocacy by business organizations to encourage a training culture.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Canada's biggest economic challenge: Improving workplace learning in Canada 2007. Web. 26 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/can_economic_challenge/can_economic_challenge.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2007). Canada's biggest economic challenge: Improving workplace learning in Canada. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/can_economic_challenge/can_economic_challenge.pdf
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