Ottawa warned about job losses that could stem from automation


Federal trues were warned over the summer that machines are going to restore more jobs in the workforce in the coming years and that will lack a rethink of how government helps the unemployed.

Documents prepared for top officials at Pursuit and Social Development Canada don’t hint at how federal policy will must to adapt to increased automation in the workforce, noting that predicting the days is a risky proposition.

Experts say what’s missing from the documents is any indicate of concern that the rise of the machines is an immediate concern that the oversight must quickly address.

“Many of the trends that may concern us nearby technology and automation in terms of what their impacts could be on working men are already happening and that’s, I think, the missing piece here,” utter Sunil Johal, policy director with the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto.

“Being are projecting this into, well, in 10 years we may be in a difficult picture. The reality is many Canadians are already ill-served by government policies when it comes to skills bring up, when it comes to employment insurance, when it comes to the broader number of public services to support Canadians.”

Depending on the methodology used, the Canadian brevity could lose between 1.5 million and 7.5 million callings in the coming years due to automation.

The jobs at the most risk are those that make repetitive activities like an automotive assembly line, although equable some high-skilled workers, such as financial advisers, are already being put in place ofed by software programs.

The documents also note that journalists could see themselves increasingly succeeded by robots.

‘Predicting the future brings significant risk’

One industry fountain-head, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations, clouted senior government officials acknowledge automation is something they must to deal with, but likely not for decades. The source said that elder officials believe new jobs will be created to keep people jog.

The documents say new jobs will be created because that’s just the way the succinctness works: As technology kills jobs, it also creates new ones. The promulgation, the documents say, is that no one knows if enough jobs will be created to take over from those lost, nor if they will all be as well-paid.

“Predicting the future nurtures significant risk,” reads part of a presentation released to The Canadian Mill under the Access to Information Act.

“We cannot know what future toils will be created or whether enough of them will be created to counterbalance displaced workers or whether automation will offset the pressures arising from slowing donkey-work force growth.”

The rest of the slide has been blacked out because it carries sensitive advice on future policy paths.

Training, skills situation

The Liberals are telegraphing that they will make skills training usages a focus of Wednesday’s budget. Once the budget puts a dollar mould on the federal contribution to training, negotiations with provinces and territories on the dominant funding vehicle for the cash — the labour market development agreements — can be completed.

In a paper he co-wrote last year, Johal argued that the direction also needs to look at expanding access to existing training programs, engender targeted programs and labour market protections like minimum wage practices for independent contractors and look at introducing emergency lines of credit for people who impecuniousness a short-term financial boost.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu spoke the government is looking to find a way to help sectors who are short of workers, and steer people into emerging fields.

“Successful economies and countries are the sames that can be adaptive and that’s why skills development is so important,” Hajdu declared in an interview.

“I’m excited about being able to do that work and support people gain those skills for the shortages that we have in unequivocal sectors and to help support that innovation agenda that extraordinarily is about fostering creativity and being thoughtful and deliberate about what skills we’re training people for.”

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