Accommodating an aging workforce

With people staying at work longer, employers should know options, obligations
By Trevor Lawson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2015

The workforce, and the population as a whole, are aging. Statistics Canada has projected that by 2021, one in four employees will be 55 or older. With employees staying in the workforce longer, certain pressures and concerns in relation to older workers are unavoidable. 

Prior to the end of mandatory retirement across Canada, the termination of an older employee’s employment was not a major concern for employers — it could simply wait until the employee turned 65 and require her to retire. Today, that’s no longer an option, except in regards to specific types of work such as policing, firefighting and aviation, where a mandatory retirement policy is considered a bona fide occupational requirement.