Building on Recovery: Addressing Canada's Labour Market Challenges over the next 5-10 years

07/18/2011

For the past few months, Canada has been showing encouraging signs of economic recovery, although the global economy remains fragile. While income supports are still important, the policy focus turns from job losses due to the recession to medium-term and structural labour market pressures. In this context, the Public Policy Forum held a full-day conference, entitled "Building on Recovery: Addressing Canada's Labour Market Challenges over the next 5-10 years", organized on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

This conference examined key lessons from the economic crisis and explored emerging labour market issues and their implications for policies and programs. Speakers and about 80 leaders from various sectors and regions focused on how to reduce skills mismatches, develop Canadians’ skills, and increase the labour market participation of under-represented groups, especially in light of demographic change.