Alberta employers court seniors

Firms tapping into older-worker labour force
||Last Updated: 07/31/2009

Seniors could be the cure for Alberta's labour woes and the provincial government wants to ensure employers and seniors have all the facts.

The province's shortage of skilled workers could grow to more than 100,000 people in the next decade if nothing is done to address the issue, said a spokesman for Alberta Employment and Immigration.

To address that issue, the government hosted a three-hour mature worker form at a recent job fair in Red Deer, Alta. The forum included sessions about the pension and tax implications of working past the traditional retirement age, as well as the advantages of hiring older workers.