Aboriginals can’t sustain growing labour demands: Study

Immigration critical in coming years, even with domestic labour sources
By Caitlin Crawshaw
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

Now that the economy is slowly changing course, Canada’s labour supply is in the spotlight once again. With an expected surge in retirement in the next few years, and a lack of young people to fill the gap, some wonder if domestic talent will be enough in the coming years.

“Labour force growth is a key driver to our economic growth,” said economist Glen Hodgson.

Without enough talent, businesses in almost every industry will need to radically change how they work, using technology to boost productivity in lieu of workers. This will inevitably increase the amount of education needed to do many jobs, and potentially increase the cost of goods and services for consumers.