Discussion Papers

“This is not your grandmother’s PLAR”: BC boldly creates a new learning culture

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A broad range of British Columbia’s educators and administrators convened recently to re-discover PLAR with a new energy, a new focus, and a new urgency. “This is not your grandmother’s PLAR” became the battle cry of the British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN) Summit…

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The Developing Workforce Problem: Confronting Canadian Labour Shortages in the Coming Decades

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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
January 2009

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Executive Summary: Sometime toward the middle of the next decade, and for the first time in at least a century, the number of people willing and available to work in Canada will be smaller than the number…

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A 21st Century Solution to a 21st Century Problem: Why Canada needs to invest in New Human Resource Development Strategies as part of the Economic Stimulus Package

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by Mary Morrissey
Canada has done well in holding off recessionary pressures, particularly compared to our neighbour to the south.

However in November 2008 the crisis hit us hard.  Nearly 71,000 jobs were lost in that one month.  There is serious concern about further losses of high-paid…

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Economic Stimulus – the Human Resources Priority

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Rick Williams makes the economic case for PLAR in this unpublished article written for the Globe and Mail in January 2009.
With rapidly spreading plant closures, lay-offs and rising unemployment rates, there is one issue that may get overlooked as economists and politicians put together economic…

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Achieving Our Potential: An Action Plan for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in Canada

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Excerpt from the report's core argument:

"At the moment, we face, with few exceptions, a leadership vacuum in the recognition of prior and experiential learning in Canada. While we have a wealth of innovation, exemplary practice and positive outcomes developed over 30 years of demonstrations and…

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