Toronto Think-Tank Warns Canada of Income Inequality through Automation

A think-tank from the University of Toronto, the Mowat Center, has predicted that millions of Canadians may lose their jobs to automation in the next decade. The report, called Working …

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A think-tank from the University of Toronto, the Mowat Center, has predicted that millions of Canadians may lose their jobs to automation in the next decade.

The report, called Working Without a Net, states that truck and taxi drivers could be replaced by self-driving vehicles, and could see their full-time positions replaced with short-term, temporary gigs.

The Mowat Center says that Canada must embrace these new technologies to be competitive, but also warns about an increase in income inequality.

“No sector or job is completely immune to disruption, though some are less likely to be affected where they involve non-routine tasks,” state the authors, who advise that Canada will have to adapt pensions, employment insurance, benefits, and training to adapt to the new automation landscape.

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