Social housing crisis

Half of Ontario’s public sector will retire by 2020
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/09/2007

Ontario’s social housing sector needs to promote itself as a viable career from a financial, career development and social responsibility point of view if it wants to attract young workers and survive the wave of baby boomer retirements, according to the chairman of the Social Housing Services Corporation in Toronto.

“You have a generation of younger people coming into the workforce who are not going to be slavishly dedicated to a job that doesn’t pay reasonably well, that doesn’t give them career development opportunities, that does not provide them with work-life balance,” said Gordon Chong. “We’re going to have a generation that wants to do good, but it also wants to have a balance with their leisure and personal life.”

Only 12 per cent of Ontario public-sector employees are under 30, compared to 29 per cent of Ontario’s workforce as a whole, according to the 2004 provincial auditor’s report