Two-fifths of workforce at ‘high risk’ of being affected by automation: Report

AI, advanced robotics entering realm of cognitive, non-routine tasks, occupations
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2016

Nearly 42 per cent of the Canadian labour force is at a high risk of being affected by automation in the future.

That’s because the more recent rise of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics means automation is entering the realm of cognitive, non-routine tasks and occupations, such as driving and conducting job interviews, according to a report from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Forty-two per cent is a sobering number, even if just half becomes true, according to Sean Mullin, executive director at the institute.