Future Skills Centre Invests In Small Business

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in four regions of Canada will get a much needed boost backed by 50 chambers of commerce and boards of trade. Many have faced acute labour market disruption due to the pandemic and need critical access to resources and tools to bolster skill development and talent retention to support future growth. The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is investing $3.7 million in a partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to launch an online training and learning management platform that will support at least 200 small businesses in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. The platform will include curated content that builds on work spearheaded by the Diversity Institute and utilizes Magnet's technical infrastructure to connect users to the content. SMEs will be able to access a wide variety of free resources including ones on leadership, diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellness, digital skills, and regulatory compliance. These will be in the form of short courses, eLearning modules, and other workforce tools. This investment is part of FSC's strategy to test approaches that anticipate and address labour market disruption and invest in research and training partnerships that prepare people for the future of work.