The Canada-China Human Capital Dialogue is a research partnership between think-tanks of the two countries on the opportunities and challenges of managing and capitalizing talent flows between Canada and China.
In November 2011, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with three China-based think-tanks to formalize a collaborative research partnership on Canada-China human capital flows. The Canada-China Human Capital Dialogue (the ‘Project’) was launched at the China-Canada Talent Flows and Development Cooperation Conference in Beijing, China. The Project aims to better understand the key factors contributing to human capital exchange in both countries in the context of globalization, as well as develop and share policy recommendations to improve the management of human capital flows between both countries.
The Project has four main objectives:
1. To better understand the human capital situation in both countries, given the density of human exchange flow between Canada and China;
2. To identify the key factors that contribute to the human capital shortage in both countries and the industries which drive the demand for highly skilled labour forces;
3. To develop and share policy recommendations and best practices with relevant Canadian and Chinese policymakers, practitioners and members of the business community on how to improve the management of human capital flow between the two countries, including initiating a discussion on the potential for a bilateral agreement between China and Canada on shared human capital; and
4. To facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing between Canadian researchers and think-tanks with their Chinese counterparts and help make research by Chinese organizations and scholars available to Canadian researchers and the wider Canadian public.
The Canada-China Human Capital Dialogue Project will run from November 2011 to March 2014.
Senior Project Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada