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Government of Canada Invests in Research on Labour Market Issues

Reprinted from the Government of Canada – Social Sicences and Humanities Research Council site

(Ottawa, September 9, 2013) — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced investments in research that will help expand our understanding of labour market issues in Canada. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded 16 Knowledge Synthesis Grants to researchers at postsecondary institutions across Canada. The goal of the grants is to combine or “synthesize” new and existing academic knowledge, and to make that information accessible to a broader audience.

“Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians: creating jobs, continuing economic growth and promoting long-term prosperity,” said Rickford. “With a better understanding of labour market issues, employers and individuals will be better equipped to identify the skills our workforce needs, and to develop new opportunities for jobs that will grow our economy while strengthening Canada’s research advantage.”

In total, more than $375,000 is being awarded through SSHRC’s Knowledge Synthesis Grants to 16 projects at postsecondary institutions across Canada. The projects involve Canadian and international collaborators across the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Together, they will advance knowledge on one of two themes: future demand for skills in tomorrow’s Canadian labour market; and supply and development of skills for the future Canadian labour market. SSHRC’s Knowledge Synthesis Grants support the analysis of existing research knowledge, and the identification of knowledge gaps. Results are presented in a format accessible to a broad audience, and are intended to foster collaboration among academic researchers, industry stakeholders and government policy-makers in addressing Canada’s future labour market challenges.

“Canada’s investments in social sciences and humanities research lead to new insights that create new value for businesses, governments, communities and individuals,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “In particular, expanding our understanding of both supply and demand of essential skills in the Canadian workforce, and enhancing the flow of information between campuses and other sectors of society, supports job creation, increases productivity, and contributes to a resilient economy for the benefit of all Canadians.”

Funded research projects include the following:

  • Sally Lindsay, at the University of Toronto, will work with collaborators from the University of Guelph, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the University of Toronto to identify ways to improve the participation in the Canadian labour market of persons with disabilities whose talents are underutilized.
  • Dragana Martinovic, at the University of Windsor, will work with colleagues at the Université de Moncton to bring together and share knowledge on the development of digital skills, and how these can best address the future needs of the Canadian labour market.
  • Christian Andersen, at the University of Alberta, together with collaborators at the Rupertsland Institute in Edmonton, will synthesize knowledge about Métis education, employment and training.
  • Miana Plesca, at the University of Guelph, will work to identify the gaps between skill demand and supply, and how these apply to the Canadian economy.
  • Chedly Belkhodja, at the Université de Moncton, will collaborate with partners from Western University and World Education Services to explore how Canada can attract and retain some of the world’s brightest minds, and what factors contribute to the successful integration of international students into the Canadian labour market.

A full list of the grant recipients is available on the Award Recipients page.

For more information on this release and other SSHRC-supported research projects, please contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante Director of Communications Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford,
Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) Tel: 613-947-2956

Media Relations Industry Canada Tel.: 613-943-6177

David Holton Communications Advisor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Email: Tel.: 613-996-0520 Cell: 613-219-7523