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How people receive formal education over the course of their lives is changing.

Currently, over 1.7 million people in Canada carry an average of $26 000 in student debt.

Student debt may shape key decisions about education, employment, housing, family formation, and other life events.

Some employers are abandoning four-year degree requirements as a response to labour shortages and to improve workforce diversity.

Often, these costly credentials are replaced with on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and private-sector skills assessments.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive shift to online learning for every age and stage of education.

A growing segment of online learning today is offered not by universities or colleges, but rather by corporations, bootcamps, and other private providers.

A sustained shift to affordable and accessible online learning could provide opportunities for different kinds of learning over the life course.

How could perceptions of, or demand for, formal education change in the future?

How might a shift away from three- or four-year college and university programs affect how and when we learn?

If attendance at traditional learning institutions declines, where might the social and civic learning of the future take place?

What does this mean for the life course?

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Policy Horizons | Horizons de politiques

Policy Horizons Canada, also referred to as Policy Horizons, is an organization within the federal public service that conducts strategic foresight on cross-cutting issues that informs public servants today about the possible public policy implications over the next 10-15 years.

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