Ontario mandatory retirement to be eliminated

Workers can stay on the job past 65 but no protections for benefits and insurance
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/14/2006

Effective December 12, 2006, amendments to the province’s Human Rights Code will come into force, generally ending mandatory retirement in Ontario.

The province passed Bill 211, the Ending Mandatory Retirement Statute Law Amendments Act, 2005, on December 12, 2005; however, it has provided a one-year transition period for businesses, unions, and individuals to adjust to the changes.

The bill amended the definition of “age” in the Human Rights Code to remove the ceiling on protection from age discrimination. Currently, the Code only protects employees’ age 18 to 64 years old from age discrimination. As a result, employers can force employees to retire beginning at age 65. By removing the ceiling, the government is effectively ending mandatory retirement.