News Bulletin - May 2020
Like the iconic iceberg, there’s more to see and understand when it comes to the workforce innovation research projects funded through the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) and to the workforce innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador who are leading them. So learn more from the links and follow us, follow our projects, engage @NLWIC #tipoftheiceberg or   download our brochure here. 
Canada’s immigration system is highly labour-market focused. Premised on the human capital theory, immigrants are awarded points based upon their age, education work experience, and official language proficiency, with the expectation that this will lead to better labour market outcomes .
Employment is a key factor in helping people recover and improve their lives. In addition to earning money, employment helps reduce incidences of hospitalization and incarceration, which has significant financial implications for governments.
Last November 2019, the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) convened a number of sessions to provide input to an international research project being conducted by the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD). NLWIC was one of two workforce innovation organizations in Canada to be invited to be case studies in that project entitled “Promoting Skills Use in Canadian Workplaces”. 
You are invited to attend a live OECD online webinar to present the findings of the just-released OECD report, “ Workforce Innovation to Foster Positive Learning Environments in Canada ”. The webinar will take place  Monday, May 11   from   3:30pm-4:30pm NL Time  via Zoom. Zoom details will follow after receipt of your confirmation.

Canada has introduced a set of programmes to test novel approaches to skills development. The report analyses the potential of these workforce innovation programmes to improve the future-readiness of Canada’s adult learning system. Further, it outlines how these programmes might be expanded to promote optimal skills use and learning within workplaces, through the use of high-performance work practices.  

We’re looking forward to an interactive session with Katharine Mullock (Labour Market Economist, OECD) delivering a presentation followed by commentary from Sharon McLennon (Director of the NL Workforce Innovation Center) and Shalini Da Cunha (Director of the Peel-Halton Local Employment Planning Council).

This project was carried out in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada. The OECD thanks the many Canadian stakeholders who participated by providing valuable insights and data.

Now of Work Annotated Bibliography

This month, as part of their new website launch, the LMIC have made weekly updates to the Now of Work (NoW) Annotated Bibliography.

The NoW Annotated Bibliography summarizes recent reports — from both Canada and around the world — on the economic, labour market and social implications related to the pandemic.

You can access summaries and links to over 35 reports.
As we all seek to adjust to these challenging times, the contribution of our field has never been more important.

The CCDF was asked to advise the federal government on the following two questions:
  • What is the impact of the COVID-19 situation on your sector?
  • What type of labour market measures could be helpful to help the economic recovery of your sector?
RBC Future Launch is a 10-year $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. RBC is moving beyond financial investment by engaging the public and private sectors to further understand the issue and make a significant impact on the lives of young Canadians.

RBC Future Launch is a catalyst for change, bringing people together to co-create solutions so young people are better prepared for the future of work.
The Business / Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization bringing together some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Since 2015, BHER has worked to harness the strengths of Canada’s business and post-secondary education sectors to build opportunities for young Canadians, boost innovation and drive collaboration.
The Ocean Startup Project, driven by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, is a pan-Atlantic collaboration between Creation Destruction Lab, Genesis, Innovacorp, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, PEI BioAlliance, and Springboard Atlantic. The Project is an ambitious 24-month strategy to create and grow ocean technology companies through a number of initiatives, such as industry innovation and technology problem
identification; engage cafes and bootcamps; Ocean startup challenge competition; a university lab-to-market program; and CDL’s ocean stream.