In search of a shortage

Print media is full of articles that claim there is a labour shortage in Canada. It is reported so often and is so rarely challenged that this bit of conventional wisdom has taken hold to the degree that it is widely assumed that there are not enough workers in Canada to fill all of the available jobs.

This is partly true. Canada is not suffering from a people shortage however but rather a skill shortage. There are sectors where skilled workers who are looking for work are few but famed demographer David Foot reminds us that this problem will be solved in the near future by the demographic realities of Canadian society. He claims that baby-boomers will be prepared to stay on the job longer and that their children (echo boomers) exist in sufficient quantity to solve the skill shortage problem.

 

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