Author Archives: Brigid Hayes

About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans over 30 years as a senior government policy advisor and program manager and partnership developer; director of labour for a national business/labour skills centre and as an independent consultant. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.

The Mowat Centre closes

Another policy think tank has closed its doors. The Mowat Centre closed its doors this week. The announcement cited the cancellation of its funding agreement with the Ontario government as the reason. The Mowat Centre focused on policy related to … Continue reading

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Future Skills Centre Advisory Board and Innovation Projects

On the past two Saturdays, the Future Skills Centre posted an ad in The Globe and Mail seeking Advisory Board members. This ad confirms my understanding that the Future Skills Council will not serve that role but remains an advisory … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ontario’s Budget

Ontario’s 2019 budget[1], released on April 11, contains a few announcements relevant to the adult education and training sector. Several efforts mentioned in the budget are directed at the automotive sector in response to the shutting down of GM’s Oshawa … Continue reading

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Future Skills Centre – Call for Proposals

The Future Skills Centre launched its first call for proposals on April 2nd. “The FSC-CCF is seeking proposals for innovative projects that help fill gaps in training opportunities for mid-career workers. The Centre will work with successful project proponents to … Continue reading

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Comments on the 2019 Federal Budget

On March 19, 2019, the Minister of Finance released Budget 2019. As news stories preceding the release of the budget had suggested, Budget 2019 has a strong skills component. 1. Canada Training Benefit Starting in 2019-20, the federal government will … Continue reading

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Remembering Donna Wood

I was shocked to learn of Donna Wood’s death last month. For those who did not know her, Donna was a leading expert on Employment Insurance (EI), Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA), Labour Market Agreements (LMA), the Canada Job Fund … Continue reading

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Future Skills Council membership announced

Today the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour along with the Minister of Finance, made a full announcement about the Future Skills Centre and the Future Skills Council. (Eagle-eyed readers will have caught an error in an earlier blog … Continue reading

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