Ontario moves to end mandatory retirement

Province joins increasing national and international trend to support workers who want to work past age 65
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/03/2004

The Ontario government has started the ball rolling on putting an end to mandatory retirement.

Labour Minister Chris Bentley said the province will hold public consultations on how to end mandatory retirement to give Ontario workers the right to choose when to retire.

“Ontarians are healthy and living longer so it is unfair to insist that they stop working simply because they reach age 65,” said Bentley. “Ending mandatory retirement would protect workers by allowing them to decide when to retire based on their own lifestyles, circumstances and priorities. However, we want to achieve this goal without undermining existing retirement rights — including entitlements to benefit and pension plans — and also address any issues raised by business, labour or others.”