Current Projects

BioTalent Canada’s understanding of the bio-economy, project expertise, research and human resources (HR) knowledge have resulted in new and innovative HR solutions, products and services that benefit Canada, the bio-economy and companies and organizations within it. This know-how and enviable track record has led to new projects that further benefit and strengthen the industry in the global marketplace and reinforce BioTalent Canada’s position as the leading HR innovator and go-to source for HR projects and solutions for Canada’s bio-economy. BioTalent Canada’s projects and solutions development leverage results from supporting projects to maximize the effectiveness for the industry.

Wage subsidy programs

Bringing Essential Skills to the Bio-economy Talent Pool

For information on projects BioTalent Canada has successfully completed please see the Completed Projects Portfolio.


The BioReady Paid Internship Program
August 2017 to August 2019

Industry need: 53% of Canadian bio-economy companies surveyed in 2013’s Sequencing the Data reported skill shortages. 19% of those companies reported having immediate openings that could not be filled and 40% stated that this situation was having a major impact on their businesses. Of those companies polled in 2016 that had previously hired IEPs, most felt it to be an effective way of addressing these shortages and resulted in improved productivity, innovation and problem solving. Furthermore, with the greatest skills shortages being in R&D and quality control, the two most commonly possessed IEP skills, bio-economy employers could certainly benefit from accessing this underutilized talent pool. All the employers surveyed supported the idea of having access to pre-screened candidates of the BioSkills Recognition Program.

Objective: To help mitigate this problem, the BioReadyTM Paid Internship Program is a two-step process to minimize the perceived risk to biotechnology companies hiring an IEP. Bio-economy organizations will have access to pre-screened BioReadyTM candidates that have been validated and certified job-ready by experts in the field. To further decrease the apparent gamble of hiring newcomers lacking Canadian experience, bio-economy employers can recover the cost of a BioReady certified IEPs salary by 50% to a maximum of $11,500/year.

 

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.  

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Science Horizons
July 2017 to July 2019

Industry Need: Private sector companies regularly argue that it can be risky to take on new graduates with no previous work experience in the sector. This viewpoint is in line with research recently conducted by BioTalent Canada’s member organization - Life Sciences Ontario (LSO). LSO released a Sector Report in 2015 for the province, which represents Canada’s largest concentration of bio-economy companies, employers and employees. Their report stated the unemployment rate of Ontario Science graduates between 20-24 years of age with a minimum university degree was 18.9%, demonstrating the need to assist new grads in the transition into their new career.

Objective: To mitigate this problem, The Bio-economy’s Environmental Youth Internship Program minimizes risk to small to medium sized biotechnology companies hiring a new STEM grad into an environmental job by covering the cost of that new graduate’s salary by 50% to a maximum of $15,000/year. The overall objective of this project is to place 100 new STEM post-secondary graduates within green jobs in Canada’s bio-economy over a two-year period.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
May 2017 to May 2021

Industry need: Sequencing the Data BioTalent Canada’s recent labour market study of Canadian bio-economy companies from coast to coast show that: 

  • The level of education typically required for employment in the different functional areas of the bio-economy field is a university degree. A post graduate degree is necessary for most occupations requiring research, legal and regulatory affairs. However, it should be noted that many Canadian Community Colleges are providing undergraduate and post graduate students programs in specialized training to ensure they meet the skills requirements of the bio- economy. 
  • 33.2% of companies in the sector report a skills shortage among staff.
  • 40% indicate that this skill shortage is having a major negative impact on their company. 

Objective: Addressing the industry need to have access to a diversified skilled labour pool that is job-ready, BioTalent Canada will assist 1000 bio-economy students obtain valuable new co-ops through wage subsidies. Furthermore, by supporting partnerships with employers, university and colleges, industry associations, and government, BioTalent Canada intends to outline opportunities for curricula augmentation to meet the current needs of the bio-economy sector. The goal of this collaboration is to improve the innovation and competitiveness of Canadian employers in the industry by having access to a diversified skilled labour pool in the form students and new graduates who have the required knowledge and tools to quickly excel in the field.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Student Work-Integrated Learning Program. 

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Career Focus Green Jobs 
July 2016 to March 2019

Industry need: Private sector companies regularly argue that it can be risky to take on new graduates with no previous work experience in the sector. This viewpoint is in line with research recently conducted by BioTalent Canada’s member organization - Life Sciences Ontario (LSO). LSO released a Sector Report in 2015 for the province, which represents Canada’s largest concentration of bio-economy companies, employers and employees. Their report stated the unemployment rate of Ontario Science graduates between 20-24 years of age with a minimum university degree was 18.9%, demonstrating the need to assist new grads in the transition into their new career.

Objective: To mitigate this problem, The Career Focus Green Jobs Program minimizes risk to small to medium sized biotechnology companies hiring a new grad into a green job by covering the cost of that new graduate’s salary by 50% to a maximum of $13,500/year. The overall objective of this project is to place 300 new post-secondary graduates within green jobs in Canada and Canada’s bio-economy. It will increase the number of qualified employees available to bio- economy employers with a focus on green initiatives. It will also facilitate the transition of recent post- secondary graduates into the labour market and increase their knowledge of the sector’s needs through recent and practical work experience. Furthermore, it will play a role in creating jobs that benefit the environment.

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Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy. 

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Opportunities Fund 
October 2015 to October 2018

Industry need: BioTalent Canada, in partnership with Employment & Social Development Canada (ESDC), conducted a national study of Canadian bio-economy companies from coast to coast in 2013 to assess the needs of the labour market. Results from this survey show that:

• 14.3% fewer companies hired persons with disabilities in 2013 compared to 2008 (only 7.6% of companies had persons with disabilities on staff,

However, companies have also indicated that they are experiencing talent shortages:

  • 32% of companies report that they are experiencing skills deficiencies in current staff and, 
  • 37% of those companies state these skills shortages have a major impact on current business operations.
  • Statistics Canada has reported an employment rate of only 49% for persons with disabilities in 2011 compared to 79% for persons without a disability. Clearly there is a supply of talent available and with the right recruitment and on-boarding procedures, more people with disabilities could be hired into openings in Canadian biotech and life science companies. 

Objective: The Opportunities Fund wage subsidy program addresses low employment of persons with disabilities in biotech by introducing a wage subsidy to off-set the start-up costs of orientation, integration, skills development and accommodations. Innovation is the DNA of the biotechnology sector. As an industry, biotech misses out on reaching its full potential when pools of skilled talent, like persons with disabilities, remain untapped. In partnership with its life science and bio-science industry associations across Canada, BioTalent Canada will market the benefits of the program and how to access this pool of talent. 

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) program. 

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Bringing Essential Skills to the Bio-economy Labour Force
May 2017 to May 2021

Industry need: A national study of Canadian bio-economy companies from coast to coast to assess the needs of the labour market. Results from this survey show that:

  • 76% of employers will be looking for interpersonal and communication skills in new hires 
  • Over 50% of companies report that they are experiencing skills deficiencies in current staff 
  • 40% of those companies state these skills shortages have a major impact on current business operations 

Objective: To address interpersonal skills shortages in the Canadian bio-economy through the development of a unique curriculum for these essential skills lacking in the bio-economy work force. BioTalent Canada will deliver this curriculum through an online learning platform and a series of essential skills seminars across Canada in traditional and emerging biotechnology clusters identified by our recent labour market research. The online platform and seminars will primarily focus on thinking, oral communication and working with others and will also touch on reading, writing and the importance of document use, especially since many of these industry subsectors are highly regulated. The primary audience for these seminars will be current employees of existing biotechnology firms and job seekers wanting to enter this labour force. Each seminar will be conducted by BioTalent Canada over two days in partnership with regional and national life science and biotechnology associations. 

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