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Survey on Employment & Skills

The Survey on Employment and Skills is conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research (external link, opens in new window) , in partnership with the Future Skills Centre (external link, opens in new window)  and the Diversity Institute (opens in new window) . It began as a project designed to explore Canadians’ experiences with the changing nature of work, including technology-driven disruptions, increasing insecurity and shifting skills requirements. 

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey was expanded to investigate the impact of the crisis on Canadians’ employment, earnings and work environments. The project now includes four waves of data collection, from Spring 2020 to Autumn 2021.

The initial wave of the survey was conducted between late February and early April 2020. The second wave of the survey was conducted between November and December 2020, with a sample of over 5,300 Canadians aged 18 and over. It examined which types of workers have been most adversely affected by the pandemic, with a particular focus on working parents, those living in urban areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission, younger workers, workers with immigrant backgrounds, and racialized workers.  

The third wave of the survey will take place in the Spring of 2021, with the fourth wave to follow in the Fall. Both will continue to track the experiences of Canadians as the country moves toward an economic and social recovery.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has intertwined our work and home lives in ways never before seen. How companies view flexible work arrangements has fundamentally changed while exciting opportunities around flexible hours, four-day workweeks, and job sharing have come to light.

We presented a first look at the results of Wave 2 of the Survey on Employment and Skills during a virtual discussion hosted alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

March 18, 2021

Dr. Andrew Parkin, Executive Director, Environics Institute shared results of emerging research from the Survey on Employment and Skills during a discussion about the Black student experience in Canada during the pandemic, and innovative approaches to creating new education opportunities for Black students.


February 25, 2021

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