The impact of aging on labour market participation rates

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Author: Fields, Andrew; Uppal, Sharanjit; LaRochelle-Cote, Sebastien


Since 2007 - prior to the economic downturn of 2008/2009 - the overall labour force participation of Canadians declined by about two percentage points. The first part of the study investigates the extent to which aging affected changes in labour market participation rates since 2007, based on data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In the second part, the reasons behind the increase in the participation rates of Canadians aged 55 and over, which have been trending upwards since 1996, are explored. Key findings are that: (1) in 2016, individuals aged 55 and over accounted for 36 per cent...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Demographics; Participation; Employment; Statistics; Outcomes; Economics

Keywords: Age; Ageing population; Labour force participation; Trend; Older worker; Employment pattern; Education work relationship; Economic factor; Statistical analysis

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: Ottawa, Ontario: Statistics Canada, 2017

Physical description: 10 p.

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Journal date: June 2017

ISSN: 2291-0840

Catalogue no. 75-006-X

Resource type: Article

Rights: All rights reserved. Use of this publication is governed by the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 128.794

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