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Research Report:

Labour Force Ageing and Skill Shortages in Canada and Ontario

by Martin Cooke, Rob Downie, Julie Ann McMullin

Despite dire predictions to the contrary, there is no evidence that Canada faces a looming general shortage of skilled workers as a result of our ageing population.

That's one conclusion of a new report from Canadian Policy Research Networks. Labour Force Ageing and Skill Shortages in Canada and Ontario is by Julie Ann McMullin and Martin Cooke of the Department of Sociology and the Workforce Aging in the New Economy Project at the University of Western Ontario, with the collaboration of Rob Downie.

The authors review the demographic data, examine the age structures and retirement ages of different industries and occupations, isolate the relationship between skills shortages and labour force ageing and assess the impact of workforce ageing relative to a number of other factors that affect skill shortages. Finally, they investigate four "cases" in Ontario - nursing, information technology, skilled trades in manufacturing, and the biotechnology sector.

Release Date: 20 Aug 2004
Number of pages: 62
Document number: 31517