ICTC Launches Online Platform For The Rapidly Growing Digital Labour Market In Canada

Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched an online platform (www.etalentcanada.ca) to assist Canadians, industry, educational and professional development institutions, as well as policy makers to make informed decisions about the Information and Communications (ICT) job market in Canada. ICTC's recently published Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019 report highlights a vibrant and rapidly growing digital labour market in Canada.

The impending smart and hyper connected economy is creating a cumulative hiring needs of over 182,000 ICT professionals by 2019. Despite this growing potential for employment, Canadians are not fully aware of the jobs in demand; the industry continues to find it hard to localize talent from across the country, and educational and professional development institutions are increasingly challenged to predict the talent and skills needs of the future.

This unique online portal is intended to:

• Assist Canadians and newcomers to Canada in making informed career choices by increasing their understanding about the jobs in demand on a provincial and municipal level, where the jobs are, wages, required education and training options, etc. The tool will also provide links to advertised jobs in the Job Bank (www.jobbank.gc.ca) as well as other job sites;
• Provide the industry with insights about the talent supply and location, compensation, as well as many other features to help the industry find the necessary talent pipeline;
• Inform educational and professional development organizations about careers and skills in demand to shape training to market needs and promote their offering; and
• Support policy makers in making informed decisions.

"This unique online offering in Canada will provide practical skills and labour market insights as well as links to currently advertised jobs. This end-to-end talent solution is a positive step in addressing the supply and demand market imbalance for the digital economy," said Namir Anani, president and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council.

"It's critical that we match Canadians' skills with the needs of employers. The Harper government is working to provide more and better labour market information and to support youth in developing the right skills to meet the needs of Canadian employers," said Pierre Poilievre, minister of Employment and Social Development.

Access to Canada's first online Talent insights for the digital economy is available here: www.etalentcanada.ca.

This project was funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.


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