Helping Canadians Obtain the Skills Needed for Success in Today’s Digital Economy

January 22, 2013

Essential skills are the foundation skills everyone uses while performing the tasks required for their jobs. They are the key to success in today’s fast-paced labour market. Employers in all job markets and industry sectors are looking for employees that have fine-tuned both their literacy and essential skills. This is especially true in the fast-paced digital economy of today.

The nine essential skills are: reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, computer use, and continuous learning.

Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government is committed to helping Canadians obtain the essential skills they need to be successful in today’s digital economy.  The Skills and Partnership Fund,  the Career Focus and Skills Link programs are all part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

Watch the video below to find out how investing in essential skills training will help you meet the challenges of an increasingly digital workplace.

To view this video in an accessible format, click here.

Visit the Building Digital Skills initiative page to learn more on how the Economic Action Plan promotes enrolment in key disciplines related to the digital economy, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For more information on essential skills, along with the tools and resources to help you succeed, visit

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