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Ageing and Employment Policies: Canada

Ageing and Employment Policies: Canada    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 812005161P
Pages 138
Language English only
Price $40.60
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Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2005.


In Canada, the proportion of persons aged 65 and over to the working-age population will double to 45% by 2050. Without policy changes, this could lead to higher public expenditures, labour force shortages, and slower economic growth. This report surveys of the main barriers to employment for older workers, assesses of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to overcome these barriers and presents a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners. It examines the balances between income support and work incentives, methods for encouraging employers to hire and retain workers, and policies for ensuring the employability of older workers.

Ageing and Employment Policies: Canada asserts that both governments and firms will need to take active measures to adapt wage setting to ageing workforces, to address the extent to which other welfare schemes act as pathways to early retirement, to tackle age discrimination and to improve the job skills and working conditions of older workers.

Table of contents:
  • Executive Summary and Policy Recommendations/Résumé et principales recommandations
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Challenge Ahead
  • Chapter 2. The Labour Market Situation of Older Workers
  • Chapter 3. Income Support and Work Incentives for Older People
  • Chapter 4. Encouraging Employers to Hire and Retain Older Workers
  • Chapter 5. Strengthening Older Workers' Employability
  • Chapter 6. Ensuring Policies are Comprehensive and Coherent
  • Bibliography
Ageing and Employment Policies: Canada is based on the proceedings of a seminar and is published in English only. However, a French translation of the Executive Summary and Recommendations has been included in this volume.

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