OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Spending on learning and development in
Canada fell 13 per cent since 2008, and is down 40 per cent since its
peak in the early 1990s, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Learning and Development Outlook 2011: Are Organizations Ready for Learning 2.0?
"Although the economic downturn may have contributed to lower learning
and development budgets in 2010, the decline in spending is indicative
of an ongoing pattern," said Carrie Lavis, Senior Research Associate.
"Canadian organizations place less importance on workforce skill
development than other nations. This may contribute to Canada's poor
record on innovation and competitiveness."
During the recession, L&D spending in the U.S. declined more than in
Canada, which did little more than narrow the gap between Canadian
organizations and their American counterparts. From 2006 to 2010,
Canadian organizations spent an average of 64 cents for every dollar
spent by American organizations. In 2010, Canadian organizations spent
on average just under $690 per employee on L&D.
Expenditures are just one indicator of the priority placed on L&D in
organizations. Given the changing learning needs of employees,
organizations should look to prioritize learning even during tough
"A strong learning culture is one way for organizations to ensure that
they have employees with the necessary skills to remain competitive in
a global knowledge-based economy," said Lavis.
This is the 11th edition of the Learning and Development Outlook, which summarizes the results of a biennial survey. Conducted between
November 2010 and February 2011, the survey garnered responses from 183
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
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