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TAC Project Looks to the Future of Highly Qualified Personnel

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Many rapidly advancing areas of road transportation technology are outside the realm of traditional transportation engineering. Canadian road authorities will increasingly rely on the skills of highly qualified personnel (HQP) in areas such as computer and software engineering, data analytics, cybersecurity and radio communications. Those organizations must actively foster a pipeline of HQP talent or risk being unable to fulfill their mandates.

To help road authorities and their partners meet future HQP needs, the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) launched a new project in late 2020 called “Developing Highly Qualified Personnel for Road Authorities: A Gap and Solutions Analysis in the Era of Connected and Automated Vehicles.” This project was initiated by the Workforce Development Council, and was made possible through financial contributions from seven partner organizations. MORR Transportation Consulting of Winnipeg is the project consultant.

The study will

  • identify the impacts of key technology and mobility trends over the next two decades
  • assess the skills gap faced by road authorities
  • consider how Canada’s peer nations are responding, and
  • propose stakeholder actions including education, staffing and training.

The project will feature a robust consultation program over the coming months, involving outreach to provincial and territorial governments, municipalities of all sizes, post-secondary institutions, international road authorities, associations and industry.

A final report will be delivered late in 2021, and the resulting publication will be available from TAC in both English and French.

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