Some Assembly Required: STEM Skills and Canada's Economic Productivity

Council of Canadian Academies, Apr 30, 2015

The Council of Canadian Academies Releases a New Report,

Some Assembly Required: STEM Skills and Canada's Economic Productivity

April 30, 2015

On behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies, I am pleased to announce the release of the report, Some Assembly Required: STEM Skills and Canada's Economic Productivity. This report, requested by Employment and Social Development Canada, represents the work of an 11-member expert panel, chaired by David Dodge, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones. In its report, the Panel assesses Canada's preparedness in meeting the future skill requirements for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Canada has one of the most highly trained workforces in the world. Maintaining and developing Canada's strength in this regard is a central pillar for future prosperity. Rapid technological advances, complex social and health issues and dynamic global markets require that the Canadian workforce has the right balance of skills to take advantage of emerging opportunities, challenges, and innovations.

The Panel's report covers a broad area of issues such as: the relationships among STEM skills and innovation, productivity, and growth; whether Canada has a shortage or surplus of STEM graduates; what future demand for STEM skills in Canada could be; considerations for developing a STEM-literate society; the role of post-secondary education, and immigration and the global market.

The report provides a foundation of knowledge and expert insight meant to support policy and decision-makers as they consider how best to leverage the benefits that come from STEM literacy for a globally competitive and productive society.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, on the Council's website (


Janet W. Bax

Interim President

Council of Canadian Academies