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Preparing Workers for the Care Economy

As Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-anticipated crisis has emerged, adding another challenge to an already complex situation: labour and skills shortages. The demographic shift due to an aging population with declining birthrates, coupled with an economy seeing unprecedented changes driven by technological advancement has transformed how we work and has led to a shortage of workers with the right skills. Few sectors have seen as acute labour shortages as those that comprise the care economy, which includes healthcare workers, personal support workers, and childcare workers.

To meet this challenge, colleges1 are changing and adapting to better equip learners with the skills they need in the way they need them. Learners expect to be future-proofed, and colleges anticipate the needs of our economy, then train, upskill and reskill thinkers and doers. And they do it faster and in innovative new ways.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2022