A Focus on ICTC’s

Outlook Forecast

Forecast Overview:

ICTC’s Outlook forecast offers:

  • An all-inclusive study of the knowledge economy workforce in Canada, current and future;
  • An analysis of:
    – skills that are, and will be, in demand by region;
    – the industry sectors in which skilled workers are predominantly employed — types, intensity and number of employees;
    – the role of immigration, emigration and outsourcing;
    – the structure of employment in both user and supplier organizations;
  • An estimate of the impact of the principal drivers of change on the demand side, such as ICT spending and technology adoption;
  • An estimate of the impact of the supply side drivers of change, such as enrolment, mid-career training, and retirement; and
  • One and two year forecasts across the occupations and regions, extending out to five-years.
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Outlook Forecast Reports

Today, digital transformation continues to radically change the face of business in Canada. ICTC’s Outlook Forecast provides insightful reports that outline important priorities over the next number of years.

The Digital-Led New Normal: Revised Labour Market Outlook for 2022

This report serves as an update and addendum to ICTC’s Digital Talent Outlook 2023 report released in 2019. It includes an analysis of the recent economic shocks that have impacted the global and Canadian economy, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil price collapse. Given the unprecedented disruption to economic output and employment, and the heightened uncertainty surrounding the global economic outlook, this report also provides updated employment and GDP forecasts for the Canadian economy overall, the digital economy, and six key innovation areas: cleantech, agri-foods and food tech, interactive digital media (IDM), advanced manufacturing, clean resources, and health and biotech. Insights into the volatile nature of the current global economy, employment, and GDP forecasts are provided until the end of 2022.

Canada’s Growth Currency: Digital Talent Outlook 2023

Canada’s demand for digitally-skilled talent is expected to reach 305,000 by 2023, for total employment of over 2 million in the digital economy.

The Talent Dividend – Shifting Gears In A Changing Economy

Key measures for building tomorrow’s talent while paving the way for an inclusive digital economy.

The report expands on ICTC’s National Digital Talent Strategy and traces a new era of industrialization and socio-economic shifts that are expected to give way to frequent shifts in business models and employment prospects.

Developing, Attracting, and Advancing Indigenous Talent in ICT and STEM:

Rapid expansion of new technologies such as Internet of Things, social, mobile, apps, analytics, cloud, and automation technologies across all sectors of Canada’s economy are increasing the demand for adaptable, innovative workers with information and communications technology (ICT) and more broadly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds. To increase the supply of ICT and STEM workers, it is important to engage all available talent, especially Indigenous peoples.

At the root of any success in this environment is skilled talent, driving innovation and competitiveness

Canada’s Post-Secondary Education Stream – To better understand the supply-side dynamics of skilled ICT talent, this study concentrates on: (a) the supply flow of talent from Canada’s post-secondary education system, and (b) labour market intelligence outlining the way forward to enable better decision making by the private sector, education system, policymakers, and all Canadians for a more productive, innovative, and globally competitive Canadian economy.

Canada faces a growing gap between the demand for and the supply of ICT talent and skills…

811,200 ICT professionals are currently employed in Canada. Under three economic scenarios over a 5-year horizon, a combination of employment growth and replacement requirements produces estimates of total hiring requirements. Under a baseline scenario, cumulative hiring requirements in Canada for ICT talent are expected to be 182,000 by 2019. It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements.

It is no longer enough to be a technical expert: the industry now needs workers with multidisciplinary skills

The fourth in a series of labour market reports issued by ICTC since 2008. The report is wholly new and more comprehensive than its predecessors. Providing a comprehensive array of fresh data on the state of HR for ICT employers along with an informed projection of the ICT landscape five years from now and recommendations on steps the sector can take today to address key areas of concern, Outlook 2011-2016 was developed to serve as a tool for action for the entire spectrum of Canada’s ICT stakeholders.

We share the shape of the market from 2008 to 2015 and give key insights into potential strategies for addressing labour market imbalances

Based on survey data and ground-breaking analysis by leading Canadian experts, ICTC’s Outlook on Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market: 2008-2015 is the first national and regional analysis and forecast of Canada’s need for skilled ICT workers. A regional analysis of the major drivers of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (such as ICT spending, technological adoption, and globalization), is combined with a forecast by major occupational groups, major ICT functions, and skills.

eHealth in Canada – current trends and future challenges

The critical issue facing the eHealth industry in Canada is labour. Vendors are not able to bid or deliver on business opportunities because they are unable to secure the human resources and eHealth projects are being delayed or cancelled or, are being offered to vendors outside of Canada because of human resource shortfalls.