Developing Skills


Wondering how to stay relevant in an ever-changing labour market? 


Whether you are self-employed or working for an organization, you will need critical skills to succeed in today’s workplace. Be aware of the Employability Skills you need now and in the future. Below are several resources to help you develop the skills you need.


Future Skills


Future Skills fosters a network of innovative partners in skills development to prepare Canadians for the future of work.


Canada’s labour market is feeling the strain of the current skills shortage. According to the Conference Board of Canada, skills-related job vacancies are costing our economy as much as $25 billion in 2020 – about 1.3% of our GDP.


In order to help respond to these skills shortages, the Future Skills Centre is investing $19 million in the expansion of 13 training and career service programs across Canada. Visit the Future Skills Centre website.



podcast series
Let’s Talk Future Skills

This Government of Canada podcast series explores the impact of technology, new business models, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors on workforce trends and emerging in-demand skills. Listen to Future Skills Council members and invited guests share ways to take action to help Canadians get training and develop the skills they need to succeed and to support business growth now and in the future. Discussions include priorities and action areas to help build a skilled, agile, and inclusive workforce.


Visit the Let’sTalk Future Skills webpage.


Subscribe and listen here: Apple Podcast | Spotify

Topics explored include

  • What is Future Skills
  • Why Future Skills is important
  • Helping Canadians make informed choices about learning and work
    Foundational and transferable skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow




Micro-credentials are rapid training programs offered by postsecondary education institutions to help people retrain and get the skills that employers need quickly. Micro-credentials are typically developed with input from employers in order to ensure that the skills being addressed are highly relevant to the workplace. In many cases, micro-credentials allow each individual to progress at their own pace, rather than follow a weekly schedule that is the same for the whole class.

Ontario’s new micro-credentials portal is a great starting point to explore the range of microcredentials available in Ontario, with more being added regularly.


Access the portal at



Durham College Micro-credential
Municipal Employment Readiness


Looking for employment in your local area and considering rural municipal work? This short micro-credential is designed to provide you with essential knowledge and skills that relate directly to rural municipal jobs. This program consists of three micro-courses (which are accessible through the purchase of time block(s)): Municipal Legislation and Governance, Municipal Structure, Roles & Responsibilities, and Effectiveness in Municipal Government. When combining this learning with the right mix of existing transferable skills, you can increase your readiness for a role in rural municipal government.


This micro-credential is an open enrolment, competency-based program. Students can enroll and begin their studies at any time throughout the year.


Click here for more information on the Municipal Employment Readiness Micro-credential offered by Durham College.



Talent Micro-credentials
High Demand & Emerging Skills

In Canada, there is a gap between the large numbers of post-secondary graduates, their respective training, and the needs of real-world employers.


TALENT’s mission is to close this gap by better preparing the workforce for future opportunities, and by better supporting employers to communicate their needs and connect with skilled professionals.


Talent offers a new approach to identifying high demand and emerging skills, opportunities for learners to remain job-ready through lifelong learning, and the tools needed to articulate
job readiness to prospective employers.

TALENT’s vision is to transform Ontario’s workforce by creating talent pipelines in key sectors impacted by digital transformation. Affiliated with Ontario Tech University, TALENT develops industry-approved microcredentials to prepare customers
for high-growth careers of the future.

Be Industry-Ready. Build skills today for the industries of tomorrow.


Learn more about Talent.





eCampusOntario has led the development and growth of alternative recognition of learning using micro-credentials, also known as micro-certification, since 2017. eCampusOntario’s work aims to strengthen and expand micro-credential activity in Ontario through a common framework and community of practice.


In Summer 2019, eCampusOntario formed a working group to co-create micro-credential initiatives and establish a common currency. Working group members from across sectors developed a framework to build connections between post-secondary institutions and the Ontario workforce. The results are captured in the Principles and Framework document. This document is intended as a high-level guide for micro-credentials in the province so that unique regional initiatives align to a common provincial framework.

eCampusOntario encourages the adoption of the framework for new and existing micro-credential initiatives both in Ontario and beyond our borders.


If you are interested in learning more, click here.



Trent University Durham


Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area and its partners the City of Oshawa, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, and the University of Toronto, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering have agreed to renew the TeachingCity partnership and allow researchers and students to collaborate with City staff, solving challenges facing the city in an array of disciplines.

Since the partnership began, 1,711 students and 135 post-secondary faculty across all institutional partners have worked with city staff on TeachingCity projects covering topics including:

  • diversity, equity and inclusion
  • storm water management ponds
  • virtual reality training and advanced navigation technology for firefighters
  • active transportation for an age-friendly community
  • engaging youth
  • supporting local culture and business
  • digital wayfinding
  • optimizing City operations routes
  • corporate energy management planning

The partnership has included 55 applied research projects and 52 courses, as well as 192 experiential learning opportunities where students have become part of team Oshawa through placements or practicums.

Visit the Trent University website for more information about the TeachingCity project.



Government of Canada

Skills for Success


Skills for Success provide Canadians with everyday skills needed for work, learning and life. Improving them will help you succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.


Discover the Skills for Success


Learn about the nine skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work, and life, the new Skills for Success model, and Skills projects across Canada.

For more information, visit the Skills for Success website here.






Read JOB SEEKER – July 2022 – Employment Skills of the Future.


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