Asking tomorrow’s questions, today.
For Canada to be a successful 21st‑century society we need to anticipate the challenges ahead and keep our minds open to the potential futures facing us all. This is the inspiration behind SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.
SSHRC launched Imagining Canada’s Future in June 2011 to identify future challenge areas for Canada in an evolving global context that are likely to emerge in five, 10 and 20 years and to which the social sciences and humanities research community could contribute its knowledge, talent and expertise.
The project involved a two‑year, cross‑Canada and international consultation process, during which we reached out to more than 13,000 subject matter experts, members of the academic research community, students, and public, private and not-for-profit sector leaders, to seek their insight.
A few cross-cutting elements emerged as essential for Canada and Canadians to weather significant transformations in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. They are:
- sustainable, resilient communities;
- creativity, innovation and prosperity;
- values, cultures, inclusion and diversity; and
- governance and institutions.
SSHRC’s governing council endorsed the resulting six future challenge areas in June 2013. They represent lenses through which SSHRC—in collaboration with the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community—feels it can and should make a difference in the coming years.