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Date published: March 20, 2020

Future Challenge Areas: 2014-18

Following an extensive foresight exercise that began in 2012, six key future challenge areas were addressed throughout 2014-18. Each included a range of possible—yet, not exclusive—issues and subquestions that explore the complexity of the respective issue.

Summary reports related to Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions held on these future challenge areas highlight some gaps in current knowledge on related topics.


What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

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What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?

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How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?

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What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?

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How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?

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What knowledge will Canada need to thrive in an interconnected, evolving global landscape?

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