Future shock?: the impact of automation on Canada's labour market

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Author: Oschinski, Matthias; Wyonch, Rosalie


This paper assesses the impact of technological change on Canada's labour market over the past 30 years and highlights its implications for the near future. The authors suggest that, if the past is any guide, a continuation of gradual changes can be expected in the demand for skills in the labour force. This is a natural market reaction to technological change. There is unlikely to be a drastic shift in employment due to automation in the near future, although some industries and types of occupations will be more disrupted than others. Here, public policy could both encourage automation...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Technology; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Labour market; Outcomes; Policy

Keywords: Trend; History; Future; Technological change; Job requirements; Occupation; Skill needs; Skill obsolescence; Skill upgrading; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: Toronto, Ontario: C. D. Howe Institute, 2017

Physical description: 22 p. (paper) + 4 p. (appendix) + [1] p. (chart)

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Series: Commentary (C. D. Howe Institute); no. 472, March 2017

ISBN: 9781987983227

ISSN: 0824-8001 (print), 1703-0765 (online)

Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.169

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