Pathways to Employment in the Digital Economy for Albertans with Disabilities

This article summarizes findings from a full-length study. Access the report here.

Study Scope

This report provides critical insights on disabilities in the workplace and guidance on accessible, inclusive hiring, and workplace practices for the Alberta digital economy.

Extensive interviews with subject-matter experts and a survey of 150 Alberta digital economy employers informs this study, which overturns mistaken perceptions about people with disabilities.

The report is accompanied by the Toolkit for Alberta’s Digital Economy Employers, providing information and best practices for engaging with people with disabilities on interviewing, onboarding, workplace communication, and accommodations.

Study Context

Alberta has faced challenging economics since 2015, following the…


An ICTC Study

Competencies, Innovations and Curriculum in Canada

Published by ICTC, April 2021

The rapid advance of digital technologies has significantly impacted education in recent years. It is evident that the increasing digitization of the economy and society will require students to become comfortable with technology to prepare for the future. In turn, this also requires teachers to be supported to develop the skills and knowledge required to fully utilize the capabilities of technology, whether in the classroom or in a hybridized model that utilizes distributed online learning.

Given this need to take advantage of the opportunities provided by new digital technologies, this paper focuses on the importance…


Engaging People with Disabilities

Appendix to Inclusivity and Accessibility at the Core: Pathways to Employment in the Digital Economy for Albertans with Disabilities

ICTC would like to welcome you to the Employer Toolkit. Intended to be a living document, the toolkit provides tips, checklists, guidelines, and references to help Alberta’s digital economy employers implement inclusive practices for hiring and working with people with disabilities. The toolkit is divided into five core sections:

  • RECRUITING
  • INTERVIEWING
  • ONBOARDING
  • WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION
  • ACCOMMODATIONS

This toolkit was leveraged during two workshops with employers in Calgary and Edmonton in 2020. …


An ICTC Study

Pathways to Employment in the Digital Economy for Albertans with Disabilities

Published by ICTC, April 2021

The digital economy has and continues to play a key role in Alberta’s economic success and will be a central pillar to its recovery and rebound from COVID-19. Despite a struggling overall economy, employment in Alberta’s digital economy at the end of 2020 was above pre-pandemic levels. Not only has Alberta’s digital economy proven resilient to these large-scale economic shocks, but it has also created high quality employment for Albertans throughout one of the most challenging economic periods in modern history.

Employers in this rapidly growing digital tech space continue to assert that the demand…


Study Scope

This report explores the supports needed for Canada’s digital workforce to acquire more robust skills in artificial intelligence (AI). A key focus is addressing the knowledge gap between subgroups on AI product development teams in the finance and healthcare sectors.

Grounded in interviews with AI industry leaders, the report includes calls to action for stakeholders in Canada’s AI ecosystem.

Study Context

Recent advances in AI in finance and healthcare hold great potential for innovation leading to better customer and patient engagement, employee empowerment, operational efficiencies, and industry transformation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a paradigmatic shift in the workplace, and AI will…


An ICTC Study

In the Brave New (Post-Pandemic) World

Published by ICTC, March 2021

Two cornerstones of any G7 nation are finance and healthcare: one reflects the economic health of the nation, the other health of its citizens. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) applied in these areas show incredible potential for innovation–better customer and patient engagement, employee empowerment, greater operational efficiencies, and industry transformation. Accompanied by cloud computing, big data analytics, cybersecurity, and internet-of-things (IoT), AI is but one of many tools driving digital transformation. Its role is to operationalize the growing stockpiles of information increasingly available across all industries.

Within this context, a crucial requirement is the…


An ICTC Policy Brief

ICTC Smart Cities Roundtables: Smart Energy and Environment

Published by ICTC, March 2021

ICTC’s Smart Energy and Environment Policy Roundtable on December 3rd, 2020, was the second event in a series on creating a vibrant and inclusive smart economy for Canada. Dr. Sarah Burch, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and Sonya Hull, a leader in smart infrastructure and digital grids at Siemens Canada Ltd., opened the discussion with two presentations on Canada’s energy future. In the event’s second hour, an invited group of 30+ attendees from industry, government, academic institutions, and civil sector organizations were led in discussion by ICTC facilitators. …


Experimenting with Procurement and Partnerships for Smart Cities Technology in Canada

This article summarizes findings from a full-length study. Access the report here.

Study Scope

This report explores municipal procurement approaches and their implications for ensuring the best technology solutions become part of Canada’s growing smart city infrastructure, and includes the following:

  • Traditional and innovative approaches to municipal RFPs (requests for proposals) and their impact on startups, medium-sized, and large service providers
  • Intellectual property in procurement and its implications for supplier companies
  • Data ownership in smart cities projects
  • Social and ethical requirements in procurement contracts

Study Context

The United Nations anticipates that 68% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050, when…


A Preview of ICTC’s Skill Mapping Tool, Coming in 2021

Nearly a year after it was first announced, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create ripples in the Canadian economy and labour force. According to Statistics Canada’s January 2021 Labour Force Survey, there are 858,000 unemployed workers still impacted by the initial COVID-19 economic shutdown and subsequent lockdowns.[1] Canadians need constructive and clear information and resources to emerge from unemployment and under-employment situations. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), through a project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Sectoral Initiative Program, is soon launching a Skill Mapping Tool to help Canadians navigate pathways to jobs in the digital…


An ICTC Study

Experimenting with procurement and partnerships for smart cities technologies in Canada

Published by ICTC, February 2021

A “smart city” uses technology to manage resources more efficiently and equitably, and/or pursues long-term planning to that end. Smart city projects have been led by numerous actors, including the private sector and community groups, but a large portion of smart city work takes place within the public sector. As such, public procurement has the potential to be a highly strategic tool for building smart cities: it allows municipalities to signal investment intentions, engage in long-term planning, and manifest their values through procurement criteria for sustainability and inclusion.

There are many different forms of public…

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