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Introducing Upskill Canada

Upskill Canada is a national talent platform helping innovative companies source the talent they need for growth while creating exciting new employment pathways for Canadian workers. Whether you’re looking for a talent acquisition solution or are ready to build skills for a great new career, Upskill Canada is here to make it happen.

Industry-Driven & Focused on Jobs

Upskill Canada works in partnership with employers and training providers across the country to build innovative rapid live and online upskilling programs that address the skills needs of Canadian businesses—especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in high-growth sectors, including:

Upskill Canada works in partnership with employers and training providers across the country to build innovative rapid live and online upskilling programs that address the skills needs of Canadian businesses—especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in high-growth sectors, including:

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Helping Workers Build New Careers

Programs funded through Upskill Canada focus on upskilling mid-career Canadians, including those from underrepresented groups, to help them connect with new work opportunities in high-growth sectors. Participants can learn about programs through Upskill Canada and apply directly through the program delivery partner to enroll.

Upskill Canada - Workers Across Industries
Upskilling for Industry Initiative

Upskill Canada will serve as the platform through which Palette Skills will deliver on Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada’s Upskilling for Industry Initiative fund, a $250M investment over three years to upskill 15,000 workers across the country.

Get involved with Upskill Canada

Whether you work with a training provider, an industry association, or a community group or agency that’s on the ground, we want you to join with us today!

Start by registering your organization on our website. We’ll connect you with a member of our partnerships team and work with you to identify opportunities and areas for connection, alignment, and collaboration.

The Learning Sandbox

Upskill Canada is pioneering a Learning Sandbox to help our many delivery partners build programs that align with our upskilling model. Through the Sandbox, insights and best practices of program design are available to you through workshops, webinars, tools, and other resources.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Upskill Canada is a national talent platform that helps fast-growing companies access the talent they need to succeed while creating new career pathways for workers to rapidly transition into high-demand roles. It is pan-Canadian in scope, and supports Canadian-based employers, with a particular focus on SMEs in high-growth sectors including digital technology, cyber security, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.

Upskill Canada will fund programs in all regions of the country.

Upskill Canada serves both its participants and Canadian employers, through the program’s delivery and network partners. 

Upskill Canada participants must have at least three years of work or volunteer experience (does not have to be consecutive years), either completed in or outside of Canada. Kindly note that work experience must be outside of full or part-time studies (high school or post-secondary), and all participants must be legally eligible to work in Canada. 

Connecting employers to robust pipelines of qualified talent is the primary purpose of Upskill Canada.  Upskill Canada will support Canadian-based employers, with a particular focus on SMEs, in key growth sectors including digital technology, cyber security, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.

Upskill Canada aims to support Canadian employers, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in high-growth sectors, to better address their skills needs. It will do so by upskilling mid-career Canadians, including those from underrepresented groups, and helping them connect with new work opportunities in high-growth sectors. Ultimately, Upskill Canada aims to drive lasting improvements to the upskilling ecosystem by building close collaborations across training providers, employers, and other partners to design and deliver upskilling programs and shift mindsets around talent development and utilization.  

Upskill Canada will be distributing funding to qualified delivery partners to design and deliver employer-led upskilling programs. The first step is for prospective delivery partners to register their interest in working with Upskill Canada through our registration portal. Partners will be asked questions during the registration process that will help us stream partners and provide support based on the stage of program development, including accessing funding opportunities.  

The Learning Sandbox is a service provided by Upskill Canada to delivery partners to help them develop capacity to build programs that align with the Palette upskilling model. Through the Sandbox, the insights and best practices of program design that we have developed will be converted into workshops, webinars, tools, and other opportunities to support delivery partners. 

Connecting employers to robust pipelines of qualified talent is the primary purpose of Upskill Canada. To do this, we must also connect the broadest possible network, including industry associations, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, workforce planning boards, employment services, newcomer agencies, as well as training and post-secondary institutes. 

The value of a connected ecosystem will be felt by job seekers who have an easier time finding program opportunities, by employers who know where to go to tap into needed talent, and by organizations, who will be able to connect with a network of like minded organizations looking for opportunities to collaborate and drive impact.

Have questions about Upskill Canada?

We’re here to help! Let us know how we can help support you be part of our national upskilling ecosystem.

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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