Research on Barriers and Opportunities to Workforce Participation for Older (Experienced) Workers


Newfoundland and Labrador’s workforce is shrinking and aging fast, perhaps the fastest in the Country. We must consider a multipronged approach to growing our labour force and ensuring that those who want to remain active in the labour force can and are supported.  Approaches include, Immigration, repatriation, creating a province of choice for youth, increased birth levels and ensuring older workers can remain in the workforce longer if they choose.


Primary Research Objectives(s)

Objective 1: Understand barriers that currently exist for older workers that want to remain in the workforce.

Objective 2: Examine potential contribution of older workers to the labour market: Estimate number of workers over the age of 50 in Newfoundland and Labrador that would remain in the workforce if they could.

Objective 3: Understand employer attitudes towards older workers.

Objective 4: Develop recommendations to remove barriers and increase workforce participation of older workers.




Research led by St. John’s Board of Trade.


All areas of Newfoundland & Labrador


2019 – 2021