National Labour Market Information Study

Get your discovery to market faster with the right team!

To build that team, you need to know the skills needed and where to find the key talent. Labour Market Research provides this critical information, just like biotech research data drives the industry’s innovation.

BioTalent Canada is currently conducting this national Bio-economy Labour Market Information (LMI) study.

This study will result in accurate and current labour market information giving Canada’s bio-economy companies a strategic advantage to compete nationally and globally so that in addition to getting to market faster:

  1. Graduates you hire will leave school with the skills and knowledge to easily transition into a productive workforce.
  2. Newcomers to Canada, with valuable skills, can quickly enter the workforce bringing their diverse perspectives to help access new markets and contribute to solutions.
  3. Stakeholders will have a clear picture of the industry, emerging trends and its employment, to support the voices who promote the impact of the industry on the Canadian economy – regionally, nationally and internationally.
  4. Future talent programs will be developed upon evidence-based industry need.

It all starts with the data, which this industry is built on and drives its innovation.

Research stages

This in-depth study will involve a variety of research methods and stages including forecasting models and leverages the over 20 LMI reports produced since 2007. The stages are:

  • Pre-liminary research – talking to industry leaders to confirm and revise the current definition of the bio-economy so the data can be accurately measured.
  • Economic analysis – gathering research from Statistics Canada and other government data.
  • Qualitative field research – gathering industry stakeholders, at roundtables and site visits across the country, to discuss the talent needs and challenges facing employers and other stakeholders.
  • Quantitative field research – conducting an employer survey, via Ipsos Research, to measure and forecast the specific talent needs of the bio-economy.
  • Opinion poll – conducting, via EKOS Research, a career perception survey among Canadians


The results of the study will be published in 2020 in a variety of ways including a national, 5 regional, 3 hub reports and will focus on the:

  • current and future skills shortages,
  • supply and demand of workers, and
  • data to facilitate employer HR resource planning and management.

If you are interested in participating in this LMI study please contact Adriana Saenz at


Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiative Program.Canada logo