Preparing Canadians for the future of work in a dynamic labour market is one of the biggest challenges facing policymakers, employers, educators, service providers, and unions. Our Forecast of Canadian Occupational Growth provides a new tool for understanding how Canada’s labour market could evolve over the next decade, shaped by potentially disruptive drivers ranging from technological change to resource scarcity and an aging population. This forecast offers an important complement to existing labour market information. It presents a possible picture of the future that differs from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), which largely relies on extrapolation from past trends. 

The forecast, including the data and modelling code used to build it, is available for download through BII+E’s GitHub. We encourage users to explore the data, and to use it to investigate further questions, generate new research, and inform existing labour market information (LMI) tools. 


Use this forecast to help you:
  • Explore the occupations projected to grow or decline in employment share in Canada in the next 10 years.
  • Explore the skills, abilities, and knowledge traits driving these results.
  • Understand what experts think about the future of employment in Canada.
  • Consider how the future of employment could be impacted by disruption, potentially diverging from the projections of the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS).

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About the Report

Our accompanying report, Ahead by a Decade, provides a future-focused analysis of how Canada’s labour market could evolve by 2030. It highlights actionable insights into the jobs that are likely to grow or decline in importance across Canada in the next decade, and the skills that could help workers to navigate these shifts. Ahead by a Decade also explores the implications of this forecast for specific occupations, skills, industries, geographies and people. It looks at how different workers may be impacted, and how policy could be designed to respond.

With this analysis, we aim to help policymakers, program designers, educators, and service providers identify and respond to potential areas of risk and opportunity to better prepare current and future workers and employers for the employment and skills landscape of 2030.

Read this report to help you:
  • Explore key insights about the occupations projected to grow or decline in employment share in Canada in the next 10 years.
  • Learn about the foundational skills and abilities that are projected to build resilience.
  • Better understand how different workers are positioned to navigate these changes.
  • Consider policy responses that could help workers and employers navigate future change.
  • Understand the methodology behind the Brookfield Institute’s new forecast.

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