Competency-based, pan-Canadian qualifications framework recommended

‘The need to fill our jobs with competent people has never been higher’
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017

The skills gap — where jobs need people and people need jobs — continues to challenge the labour market and the economy, both in Canada and worldwide.

One solution? Canada should follow the lead of more than 140 countries and create a competency-based, pan-Canadian qualifications framework, according to Canada West Foundation, a Calgary-based think tank.

“The need to fill our jobs with competent people has never been higher, and we do have a well-trained workforce in Canada, but people are not able to articulate well what it is they are able to do well, so we’re constantly missing the match between people. Now is the time to develop the framework, and then we’ll be able to understand what the gaps are that need to be filled,” said Janet Lane, director of the human capital centre at Canada West.