The Interview

Pedro Barata has a $375-million plan to retrain workers in every sector of Canada’s economy

Pedro Barata takes the helm of the Future Skills Centre in September, filling the executive director role that’s been vacant since the organization launched in February. 

Barata is tasked with closing Canada’s skills gap, which is no small feat. Despite record job growth of late, 20 per cent of Canadians are doing precarious work, contributing to low wages and widening income inequality.

In its seven months, the government-funded Future Skills Centre has pledged $19 million—of its $375-million total budget—for 16 pilot projects that will study underemployment and test mid-career training programs.

    Subscribe now to start reading premium, award-winning journalism.

    By entering your e-mail you consent to receiving commercial electronic messages from The Logic Inc. containing news, updates, offers or promotions about The Logic Inc.’s products and services. You can withdraw your consent at anytime. Please refer to our privacy policy or contact us for more details.

    In-depth, agenda-setting reporting

    Great journalism delivered straight to your inbox.


    Caisse, Westcap file for representation in Celsius bankruptcy proceedings

    Dye & Durham’s bid to buy Link Group falls through

    Imax to buy Waterloo AI firm Ssimwave in deal worth up to $25M

    Best business newsletter in Canada

    Get up to speed in minutes with insights and analysis on the most important stories of the day, every weekday.

    Exclusive events

    See the bigger picture with reporters and industry experts in subscriber-exclusive events.

    Membership in The Logic Council

    Membership provides access to our popular Slack channel, participation in subscriber surveys and invitations to exclusive events with our journalists and special guests.

    Canada's most influential executives and policymakers are reading The Logic

    • CPP Investments
    • Sun Life Financial
    • C100
    • Amazon
    • Telus
    • Mastercard
    • bdc
    • Shopify
    • Rogers
    • RBC
    • General Motors
    • MaRS
    • Government of Canada
    • Uber
    • Loblaw Companies Limited