QIISP 2013 integrates two key policy streams: education and training for the future Canadian labour market; and the needs of at-risk populations in Canadian society.
A skills agenda is crucial to our economic prospects, both as individuals and as a country. Canadian and international advisory bodies agree that Canada’s economic future depends on the development and use of a talented, educated and entrepreneurial population. Our ability to meet the labour-market needs of the 21st century will be determined in large part by the strength and responsiveness of our education, training and immigration systems.
The social role of a skills agenda is also critical. As the OECD has emphasized, without adequate education and skills, people languish on the margins of society. The ability of vulnerable populations (including Aboriginal communities, youth, persons with disabilities, displaced older workers, new immigrants, and others) to acquire and use relevant education and skills is central to their progress. In addition, ensuring equality of opportunity depends more than ever on equality of access to education and training for all Canadians, and the removal of barriers to their economic engagement.
QIISP 2013 seeks to develop an integrated understanding of the role of a skills agenda in achieving both our economic and social goals in the decades to come.
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Queen's School of Policy Studies gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
Employment and Social Development Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Ministry of Finance
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
The Region of Peel
The City of Toronto