Upskilling for a stronger economy

Building An Inclusive, Globally Competitive Canada

We help Canada’s most innovative companies access untapped talent and fill high-demand roles through upskilling. Our vision is a Canada where all people and organizations thrive as the result of a globally competitive and inclusive economy.


Making an impact

Amplifying The Boundless Potential Of People.

With the right support, Canadians can adapt, upskill and transition into meaningful careers in growing industries. At Palette Skills, we’re committed to helping Canadian companies compete globally while ensuring that Canadians continue to prosper now and in the future.

How we work

Upskilling Canadians For Growing Industries

Ensuring innovative companies find the talent they need and helping people find meaningful employment are two sides of the same strategy. At Palette Skills, our mission is to help Canada’s most innovative companies access untapped talent by creating rapid upskilling opportunities that result in new pipelines of talent for high demand roles.

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

YES! We’re always looking for opportunities to collaborate to solve challenging problems around upskilling and the economy. Got an idea? Email us to set up a call with our Stakeholder Relations team – Sean Zohar, Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Our resource centre has the latest thinking from us on key research issues in the area of skills and workforce development. To browse the resource center click here.

We partner with our member institutions, industry partners and associations, government, research groups and companies to identify in-demand skills and industries and to develop programs. 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 open to working with any other organization committed to upskilling, diversity and to building a stronger, more inclusive Canada.

We currently have a involved diverse Board of Directors and 11 founding members, including 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.

At Palette Skills we’re deeply committed to fostering a more equitable, prosperous and resilient innovation economy, through our programs and research. This means working with all of our partners to call-out bias and work to remove systemic hiring barriers when we see it. Internally, we believe deeply in inclusion and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and cultivating a work environment where all employees are respected and supported to meet their greatest potential. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

To date, we’ve upskilled over 120 participants, most from Southern Ontario. Get to know our grads and read their amazing amazing stories on our Alumni page.

We currently design, develop and deliver programs in the high demand areas of B2B sales and advanced cybersecurity. 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. Want to find out more and/or collaborate?

Email us to set up a call with our Stakeholder Relations team – Sean Zohar, Stakeholder Engagement Lead

We are a national non-profit funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Province of Ontario.


Upskilling & Launching your career

skills gaps in the Prairies

News Release: New pilot tackles AgTech skills gaps in the Prairies

Today, Palette Skills launched an exciting new pilot project aimed at meeting reskilling 50 workers into growing and high-demand careers in Saskatchewan’s burgeoning AgTech space. Funded by Protein Industries Canada, this pilot will engage high-growth companies in the province’s AgTech space to uncover their most pressing talent challenges, and then develop a reskilling program that retrains workers into high-demand jobs within these companies.

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build skills and careers

Now Is the Time to Build Skills—and Careers

Two plus years into the global pandemic, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that as far as employment and careers are concerned, it’s all bad news. But the fact is that Canada’s job numbers have surged ahead, and despite the threat of disruption posed by Omicron, it’s clear that Canadian workers are engaged in the job market like never before, and searching for new opportunities. The question is—how do Canadian workers build the right skills for these new opportunities, so they can quickly find the path to a career? 

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Career Transitions

Why Cybersecurity Could Be For You

It has been estimated that there are 4.2 million people working in cybersecurity, but that 2.7 million more people are needed to combat growing threats. That means that those looking for a career change would be wise to consider cybersecurity. But what do cybersecurity jobs entail? In this article, we explain more about what you can expect from a role in cybersecurity and the state of the field more generally.

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