Message from the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Building Digital Skills for Tomorrow

The rapid development and adoption of digital technologies is changing the way we work, learn and communicate. From social networking to commerce to the workplace, digital skills are becoming increasingly important for all Canadians. Technology is not intertwined in our everyday activities, and the Government of Canada has a role to play in ensuring that Canadians acquire the skills they need to participate in society.

In the labour market, digital skills are in high demand across all sectors, not just the information and communications technology sector. The ability of Canadian businesses to innovate and position themselves along the global value chain will depend heavily on having access to workers with the appropriate skills. Through our policies and programs, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is taking steps to make sure that Canadian businesses can attract and retain the workers they need.

Preparing Canadians for the economy of tomorrow will require a range of integrated and targeted efforts coordinated across government, industry and education partners. In Advantage Canada, we laid the foundation to create the best-educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. Building on this foundation, the recent Speech from the Throne and Budget 2010 committed to launching a digital economy strategy to drive the adoption of new technology across the economy.

Through this consultation, our government is taking action to keep Canada's economy strong and vibrant. Your feedback will provide direction for Canada's digital economy strategy, and I look forward to hearing from you.

The Honourable Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

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