Seniors represent a constituency that needs to be better integrated into the workforce. They possess the essential skills employers need. Many do want to continue working and view work as an important part of their life balance. Yet, in 2010, only a small percentage of individuals 55 years of age and over were in the labour force.Accordingly, the paper pinpoints six key areas to be addressed in order to encourage the ongoing participation of seniors in the workforce:
- pension reform;
- tax reform;
- flexibilty in the workplace;
- innovative tools dedicated to the hiring of seniors, including online guides and websites;
- lifelong learning and training; and
- advancing a new business culture aimed first at retaining, rather than replacing, senior workers.