Future Skills

Research Impact Canada is a pan-Canadian community of practice focused on helping universities and other research organizations across the country maximize the impact of research to benefit their communities.

In 2019, Research Impact Canada was brought on to support knowledge mobilization for the Future Skills Centre and to help foster a network of innovative partners in the skills and workforce development sector preparing Canadians for the future of work. 

As part of this partnership with the Future Skills Centre, Research Impact Canada is helping to support a Community of Practice focused on skills and training development.  We bring together a pan-Canadian community to encourage the adoption of effective workplace and learning practices across the skills development and training sector.

The Future Skills Community of Practice

Connecting a community of people who are helping Canadians gain the skills they need to thrive in a changing labour market 

The term ‘Community of Practice’ refers to a community of people who share a common interest, have similar goals, and who come together to learn, share, and achieve individual and group objectives. As the world of work rapidly changes, many organizations across the country are working on improving skills development and training services to help Canadians transition.

The Future Skills Community of Practice is a network of diverse partners in the skills development and training ecosystem who are working to help Canadians recognize the skills they need and how to get them.  The Community of Practice is an active and growing network of 1400+ stakeholders, including researchers, non-governmental organizations, and training services providers. We invite anyone interested in skills training, labour market research, and the future of work to join. 


Note: Activities can take place in-person or online. You can participate in live Zoom meetings, access resources on-demand, or participate in online discussion forums anytime. The Community of Practice allows all participants to connect with others, access tools and resources, and advance their learning.

As part of the CoP, Research Impact Canada is co-organizing offerings in the following areas.

Connecting People to People

→ Meet people across the country who are preparing Canadians for the future of work, and participate in peer learning and exchange.

Conversations 2 Connections

We would love to hear from you about how the FSC Community of Practice can better serve your needs and the work that you do. Conversations 2 Connections are one-on-one conversations with a member of our team where you can share your ideas and provide feedback.

Please use this Calendly link to book a mutually convenient time to meet with Trudy Button, Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for Skills Innovation

Please consider sharing your feedback via survey! This survey will take approximately 7-10 minutes to complete.

Peer Learning Groups (PLGs)

PLGs provide an opportunity for you to connect with and learn from similar people and organisations across diverse sectors and industries. These sessions will focus on themes that have emerged across our network as common interests and challenges.

View and register for our upcoming sessions

  • TBD

PLG Resources:

Resources from our past peer learning groups will soon be freely available. 

Connecting People to Knowledge

→ Access curated products, case studies, and tools with actionable insights and innovative practices

Connecting People to Learning

→ Learn from experts, access learning supports, and participate in professional development opportunities on relevant and timely topics 

Want to learn more about any of these initiatives?

Contact Connie Tang (tangc@yorku.ca) – Director, Strategy & Business Development at Research Impact Canada.