What Work in Canada Will Look Like in the Future Work is more than just a way of earning money to pay the bills; it is also a key feature of our culture and provides people with purpose and dignity. Many people define themselves by what they do. Thus, determining the future prospects for the job market in Canada is very important (Watson 2008). For the most part, Canada’s economy has done relatively well during the recent economic crisis, especially when compared to some other nations. However, the economic and technological trends that have driven changes in the workforce in recent years are likely to continue for the near future. These shifting trends will affect Canadian society and its workers in a number of areas, and it is vital
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Unfortunately, it seems likely that with the changing economy, job security will become an increasing problem (Bradley 2002). Even with union protections for current positions in manufacturing and similar jobs, the growth of the service industry and online work makes it seem probable that, in the near future, there will be far fewer full times positions available in Canada. This may in turn mean that more people will have to hold down two or more part item positions just to have the same income level they currently enjoy with one. Those that are unable to do this will often find themselves relying on government benefits to an even greater extent, placing a strain on already tight government budgets (Adams 2005).
Another area where changes will likely take place in Canada is in worker demographics. For example, it may well be that many workers will find themselves working later in life because of the aging population (Canadian Labour Market at a Glance 2007). This trend of people working later in life may in part result from improved healthcare making the current retirement age unrealistic and unnecessary for many. Others may simply want to keep working because they like it. However, it may also be that with so many baby boomers about to leave the workforce the government will be forced by financial realities to adjust the retirement age upward (as well reduce the amount retirement benefits received).