Friday, June 22, 2007

Canada: Recommendations in Quebec To Stop Encouraging Early Retirement and Pushing Normal Retirement Age to 67

According to an Economic Note published by the Montreal Economic Institute, economist Norma Kozhaya, ending the encouragement of early retirement right away and gradually pushing back normal retirement age from 65 to 67 are among the measures needed to reduce the impact of aging on Quebec's public finances as well as to ease labour shortages. The Note--"The retirement age in Quebec: A worrying situation"--concludes that “it is essential to start the necessary reforms right away before demographic phenomena lead to lower economic growth that will reduce wealth creation in Quebec.”

The focus of the Note was the fact that the aging of the population and the impending mass retirement of baby boomers are already starting to create labour shortages and will soon cause weaker growth in the economy. The goal of the recommendations was to suggest a number of moves that could be considered to raise the participation rate of older people on the job market and to reduce the negative economic effects of aging while helping maintain the viability of existing retirement plans.

Source: Montreal Economic Institute Media Release (June 18, 2007)

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