An HR agenda for Paul Martin (Guest Commentary)

A country that can train is a country that will triumph
By Perrin Beatty, Ken Georgetti and Shirley Seward
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/28/2005

Like many developed countries around the globe, Canada’s workforce is getting older, with about one-third now over 45.

The labour force growth rate has slowed and is projected to remain below one per cent for the coming decade. The age of retirement has been receding for more than 20 years and is now about 61.

Canada will be left behind if we do not focus on the engine of our economy — our workforce. The evidence suggests that while an appreciation of this new reality has taken root across the country and among the various stakeholders (business, labour, government and educational institutions), action is still more a promise than a fact.