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PPF’s three-year future of work initiative will bring government, employers, education providers, individuals and labour together to find pathways for Canadians and Canadian firms to prosper in a changing world of work.

Watch the video footage from our 2nd annual Brave New Work Conference, held June 16, 17, 18, 2020. 


Read the Key Issues Series, which explores pressing areas of policy concern around these trends in research papers authored by Canadian experts.

2020 Releases

  1. The Future is Now: Creating Decent Work Post-Pandemic
    By Sunil Johal. Released June 2020.
  2. A Place-Based Lens to the Future of Work in Canada
    By Sean Speer and Weseem Ahmed. Released June 2020.
  3. Emerging Stronger: Addressing the Skills-Underutilization Challenge for the Future of Work in Canada
    By AJ Tibando and Arvind Gupta. Released June 2020.

2019 Releases

  1. Skills, Training and Lifelong Learning
    By Daniel Munro. Released March 29, 2019
  2. Facilitating the Future of Work Through a Modernized EI System
    By Sunil Johal and Erich Hartmann. Released May 1, 2019
  3. Automation, AI and Anxiety: Policy Preferred, Populism Possible
    By Peter Loewen and Benjamin Allen Stevens. Released July 31, 2019
  4. Old Gigs, New Gigs: Are Courts and Legislators Reinterpreting an Age-Old Debate for the New World of Work?
    By Carole Piovesan. Released September 30, 2019
  5. Managing Precarious Work: Three Canadian Models for Rebalancing Bargaining Power in the Future of Work
    By Brian Topp and Theresa Lubowitz. Released December 2, 2019

The views expressed in the research papers, articles and reports reflect those of our authors and do not necessarily reflect those of our sponsors and partners.


And check out previous Brave New Work events:

Watch a Brave New Work Panel – Today’s Workers and Tomorrow’s Energy Sector, held on November 13, 2019. 


Watch the livestream from our Brave New Work Conference, held June 26, 2019. 

About the Project

Technological advances increase productivity, create new types of jobs and deliver a better standard of living. But the interaction of automation and artificial intelligence with demographic changes, large sectoral disruptions, slow productivity growth and other trends is raising concerns about the future of work even as it opens new opportunities. As jobs and industries are impacted, new policy action is needed to provide pathways to relevant training, enable entrepreneurship, keep Canada competitive, and maintain a safety net and worker protections.

Change is inevitable – and is good. But technological development is inherently disruptive – economically, politically, and socially. What policies will help Canadians sustain the resiliency and innovative spirit to adapt and thrive? How can we ensure inclusive growth and optimize the opportunities that come with change?

This is the policy imperative: to turn change into opportunity. It’s to ensure that as work evolves, Canadians are in decent jobs, businesses can innovate and compete, workers have the right mix of skills and are empowered to access training, public training programs function well, and the market enables a smooth flow of workers into and out of positions while ensuring lifelong learning.

The Public Policy Forum’s 3-year Brave New Work initiative is bringing government, employers, education providers, individuals and labour groups together to find a path through this complexity and into the future.


April 2018 – June 2021


The changing nature of work is one of PPF’s five strategic focus areas. Recognizing the particular importance of this issue, with the support of TD Bank we launched a 3-year initiative in 2018 to conduct research projects and convening events through the summer of 2021. This work will address the breadth and complexity of issues related to the changing nature of work, with a focus on determining actionable steps forward in view of an uncertain future. It includes research papers, stakeholder engagement events, targeted consultations and major annual conferences. Our Future of Work Advisory Council provides regular guidance on research topics, policy networks, and partnership opportunities that will ensure pan-Canadian relevance.


Andrée Loucks, Policy Lead

Brave New Work is a major multi-year initiative by the Public Policy Forum, with the support of the following sponsors and partners:

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