March 30, 2015
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) today launched an online platform it said is designed to assist Canadians, industry, educational and professional development institutions, as well as policy makers “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 organization said, adding that the impending smart and hyper connected economy is creating a cumulative hiring needs of over 182,000 ICT professionals by 2019.
It maintains that 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.”
The ICTC said the 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.
Namir Anani, president and CEO of the ICTC said the online offering represents a “positive step in addressing the supply and demand market imbalance for the digital economy.”
Meanwhile, Pierre Poilievre, minister of employment and social development, added it is critical to match the skills of Canadians with the needs of employers.
The portal can be accessed at www.etalentcanada.ca.