Impact and Research

Annual reports

Annual report 2022-2023

Business plan

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Business plan 2024-2025

Whitepapers & other reports

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Maximizing Canada's Talent Advantage

Brief to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on Bill C-50, An Act respecting accountability, transparency and engagement to support the creation of sustainable jobs for workers and economic growth in a net-zero economy.

Macroeconomic Analysis of Canada's High Growth Sectors

Delve into our comprehensive report on Canada’s thriving sectors, crafted in collaboration with Deloitte. We examine six pivotal areas: Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, Digital Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Agriculture, and Clean Technology, revealing job trends and essential skills. This underscores our dedication to Canada’s economy and bolsters the Upskill Canada initiative.

Upskilling Canada: How to unlock our highly skilled workforce to build a more inclusive economy

Upskilling Canada: Explore innovative strategies and actionable insights to harness the full potential of Canada’s diverse workforce. Discover how upskilling initiatives can bridge talent gaps, foster economic growth, and create a more inclusive society for all.

Introducing Upskill Canada, a new pan-Canadian talent platform

Discover how Palette Skills’ national upskilling strategy brings together employers, program providers, government, and industry to combat underutilization and enhance employment opportunities. Explore insights and solutions to drive change across multiple systems for meaningful workforce development.

Why Upskilling Works

At Palette Skills, we differentiate between traditional training and upskilling. While traditional programs focus on skill acquisition, upskilling is about transitioning individuals into new careers. Our goal extends beyond teaching; we empower individuals to succeed in their job search and interviews, providing the expertise needed for a seamless transition.

Upskilling for Digital Agriculture Insights Report 2022

Explore EMILI’s 2022 Digital Agriculture Insights Report, a collaborative effort with industry experts and academia. Discover the importance of human skills like communication and collaboration, how stakeholder collaboration addresses talent shortages, and why possessing transferable skills is crucial

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Frequently Asked Questions

Palette Skills collaborates with some of Canada’s top research universities. Along with insights from our private sector and industry partners, our programs and activities are driven by current research and practice. If you have an idea about building knowledge and research together, we invite you to contact us.

Thinking about upskilling and its role in the economy is moving fast. Make sure you consult this page, or search our News & Blog area. Finally, you can keep up by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn, where we regularly post the latest in research, analysis, and opinion on upskilling in Canada, and around the world. 

For upskilling to work, it has to meet the needs of growing businesses. We consult with our private sector and research partners to identify key areas of real growth. Our focus on demand-driven upskilling means we always have our ear to the ground, working to identify in-demand skills and industries. Visit our Partners page to learn more about working with us!

We partner with growing businesses, associations, colleges, universities, economic development group, research groups and other non-profits. We’re dedicated to working with all organizations committed to upskilling, and to building a stronger, more inclusive Canada.

Like all not-for-profits, Palette Skills benefits from the participation of a diverse and committed Board of Directors, including the input of our 11 founding members. These include the Business Council of Canada, Council of Canadian Innovators, Business Council of British Columbia, Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, Université Laval, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto.

To learn more about the people at Palette Skills, check out Our Team here.

At Palette Skills, we’re committed to fostering a more equitable, prosperous and resilient economy. We believe that inclusivity and diversity is a source of innovation and strength. Palette Skills has built a team with a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We know that these commitments are what has led to the success of our organization—and our people. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Our participants come from a range of backgrounds, and bring a wealth of experience to the upskilling journey. Many of our program participants are women, and a significant number are people of colour, while many others are new Canadians. What brings them all together is a desire to learn new skills, and build new careers.

We currently design, develop and deliver programs in the high demand areas of B2B sales and agriculture technology. We are actively exploring new programming to address key sector specific challenges in the areas of agri-tech, supply chain management, advanced manufacturing and fin-tech. 

We are a national non-profit funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and by the Province of Ontario. We receive additional funding from organizations like Innovate B.C. and Protein Industries Canada. 

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Eligibility for SalesCamp

To be admitted and accepted into the program, you must be:
  • Be actively searching for work and ready to take on employment opportunities tech sales.
  • Be able to legally work in Canada. 
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Be a highly motivated individual actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Have least 3 years of formal work experience in Canada or abroad.
  • Have an English language rating of CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Be available for Zoom sessions, many of which will be full-time.
  • Be able and committed to attending networking day events as part of regular programming.
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning online.
  • Live or intend to live in the province where the program is being offered.
  • Have a reliable internet connection, device, and a quiet environment for virtual learning.
  • Be committed and able to join the Canadian workforce full-time immediately following the program.
You may not be eligible if:
  • You do not pass our application and/or interview skills assessment. 
  • You are not actively searching or able to start a job in business-to-business tech sales.
  • You are not able to legally work in Canada.
  • You do not reside in the province where the program is operating.
  • You are going to school full-time.
  • You do not have three years of work experience outside of your studies.
  • You are interested in taking SalesCamp solely for learning purposes, but are building your own business and not intending to work in the field.

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