Canada unprepared for an aging population

The adverse consequences of an aging population – deficits, debt and slowing economic growth – can be mitigated with prompt action

Canada unprepared for an aging populationBy Jason Clemens and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute Canada’s population is aging, like all industrialized countries. But unlike most industrialized countries, Canada is doing almost nothing to prepare for the implications of an older population. And, in some cases, it’s moving in the wrong direction. There’s ample evidence that Canadians are living longer. According…

Older workers have a unique gift – experience

An age-diverse workplace allows those just starting out to be exposed to more experienced workers

Older workers have a unique gift – experienceWhen we read about older adults in a news story, it is often in the context of the burden they will place on government programs when retiring or – to flip the script – how they remain vital and active despite their advancing years. Look, Herbert and Martha still go skating! Wow! What image is…

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?

Soon, half the workforce will be self-employed, compared with 20 per cent now. So we could lose a considerable amount of our tax base

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?Many Canadians think the recently proposed changes to the tax code are a money grab. But it could also be related to the changing face of work. Just less than a year ago, Finance Minister Bill Morneau began warning Canadians about “job churn.” Also called “precarious work” by Morneau, it’s insecure and unprotected employment that…

Ontario’s proposed labour law changes will hurt young workers the most

Canadian evidence consistently shows minimum wage hikes result in fewer job opportunities for inexperienced and low-skilled workers

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Ontario government recently proposed a series of changes to provincial labour laws, including a significant hike of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But the proposed changes will hurt the vulnerable workers they’re meant to help. The proposal would increase the minimum wage from its current rate of…
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