Canada’s economic landscape is changing. To see how, one need look no further than the March 22 federal budget and follow the money. Big chunks of funding will be delivered to the likes of artificial intelligence (AI), clean tech, the digital economy and agri-food.
Missing from the budget, however, was any explicit mention of the skilled trades or apprentices or of the role they will play in Canada’s new innovation-centred economy. Despite the focus on skills and massive investments in infrastructure, building the knowledge and capacity of Canada’s trades people was largely overlooked.