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Elevating the Quality of Work for Everyone: Future Skills Centre Virtual Event

28 February 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Beyond job creation, employment participation, and skills development, we must also consider the quality of the work as a positive contributor to Canada’s future of work.

Improving the conditions under which people work will benefit all. Low wages, benefits, health and safety, autonomy, voice, security, flexible work, and other factors that have disproportionately affected underserved and marginalized populations can be improved to help employers with the challenge of recruiting, retaining, and growing workers. Positive changes to these components of quality of work (QoW) can also create a stronger, more productive workforce and a flourishing labour market for the future.

What can be done to drive higher-quality work environments? What is the role of employers? What do skills leaders need to know?

The event begins with a Welcome & Panel Discussion. The future of work should be based on the principle that everyone has an opportunity to thrive in a changing economy and share in Canada’s prosperity. And shared, inclusive prosperity is key: the belief that all members of society should have the chance to participate, belong and contribute in their best ways, reaping rewards and benefits that also strengthen our economic bottom line.

This panel will focus on exploring Canada’s labour market policies and how they shape quality of work. Panelists in this session will discuss what is needed, and what conditions are required to succeed, in elevating the quality of work for more people.

Then the audience splits off into whichever of the breakout sessions interest them most: Partnering with Employers to Address Workplace Challenges in Long-Term Care; Industry Partnerships Building Pathways Into Quality Jobs in the Tech Sector; Instituting a Successful Employee Ownership Program: Insights from a Real World Example; Inclusive Workplace Practises to Help SME’s Access & Retain a Diverse Workforce.