The Talent Differential

Work-integrated learning (WIL) such as co-op, work placements, internships, and clinical placements that combine practical work experience with formal classroom learning are a key component of many Canadian post-secondary education models. The programs also offer a key source of talent recruitment for bio-economy employers.

The data presented in this research brief also raises questions about how Canadian bio-economy employers integrate WIL into their human resource strategies. These questions include:

  1. How can bio-economy employers be encouraged to collaborate with postsecondary institutions to further develop WIL opportunities?
  2. How can WIL opportunities be leveraged to provide women with more successful transitions to the Canadian bio-economy workforce?
  3. Because WIL participation decreases as students progress to higher levels of education, would it be beneficial to introduce more WIL opportunities at these advanced degree levels to address these noted skills gap?

BioTalent Canada will publish four additional research briefs in advance of the full LMI release in 2021. The organization plans to produce 11 more in-depths reports next year, including nine new LMI regional and national reports, a hot jobs report, and a talent supply report. For more details on the study please visit

Any employers that wish to provide expertise in a future studies should contact BioTalent Canada Project Manager Adriana Saenz.