Building capacity in the digital economy

UVic has partnered with Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster to address the digital skills gap and issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering and computer science sectors.

Thank you for your insight.

The data collection phases of this project (literature review, survey and focus groups) have now been completed.

Thank you to all students and employers/industry who participated. The insights you shared will help inform how post-secondary institutions and industry work together to build and continuously improve digital skill development, while opening new pathways for people who are currently underrepresented in the industry.

Drafting of the final report is now in progress and will be available in January 2022.

If you were not able to attend the focus groups, please see the presentations for each session below. Your comments and contributions to the discussion can be submitted to until December 15, 2021.

Project overview

Through this project (Project overview PDF), we aim to:

  • Identify the skills gaps in the digital technology economy and explore how post-secondary institutions and industry can collaborate to bridge the gap.
  • Increase opportunities for students to develop skills through co-op placements.
  • Create new pathways to meet industry needs and create a future talent pipeline.
  • Explore solutions to barriers faced by underrepresented groups in engineering and computer science to support greater diversity, capacity and innovation in the field.

Project updates

Here are the results of the student surveys.

Co-op student survey:

Co-op employer and industry survey:

Here is the data from the focus group presentations:

Project timeline

  • Spring 2021: Employer and student surveys
  • Summer and fall 2021: Co-op placements
  • Fall 2021: Focus groups
  • December 2021: Data analysis
  • Spring 2022: Share findings and outcomes

Learn more

Literature reviews:


If you have questions please contact the Project Manager Patricia at

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