Canada has a growing supply of PhD graduates in its economy, but evidence suggests that more could be done to support the transition of these highly skilled individuals into the labour market. Recent trends, such as an aging population that is remaining in the work force for longer, an increasing number of PhD graduates studying in Canada, the cross-border mobility of doctorate holders, and a perceived increase in competition for academic positions, are affecting the transition of PhD graduates from their academic studies to careers in a broad variety of sectors.
This assessment will take into account how the challenges faced by PhD graduates may differ by field of study, as well as their motivations to migrate in and out of Canada after completing their degree.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
The Panel held its second meeting over the summer, where they heard from invited speakers from private industry for their perspectives on hiring PhD graduates. At the third meeting in October, the Panel discussed a draft of the report and considered new research related to PhDs in the labour market in Canada. The fourth panel meeting will take place in January.