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:
- Understand barriers that currently exist for older workers that want to remain in the workforce.
- 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.
- Understand employer attitudes towards older workers.
- 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
October 2019 – February 2022 *This research project is completed.
Research Project Updates
This video was presented at the NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021 on October 5:
Research Project Deliverables
It’s estimated that as many as 43,000 older workers would potentially attach to the workforce if the right circumstances presented themselves.
If this population of persons 55+ were added to the workforce, with all their skills and experience, a more diverse and multi-generational workforce would result.
This slide deck was presented at a Stakeholder Briefing on March 15, 2022.