Automation to impact 50% of Canadian jobs in next 10 years

The future is coming. A wave of new technology and AI mechanics will change how we perceive employment in the coming years

Automation to impact 50% of Canadian jobs in next 10 years

The future is coming. A wave of new technology and AI mechanics will change how we perceive employment in the coming years. But how far will automation really impact day-to-day jobs?

A recent report from RBC has found that 50% of Canadian jobs will be disrupted by automation in the next 10 years.

The report, entitled Humans Wanted – How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption, highlighted that younger employees now entering the workplace are unprepared. It also called for a focus on ‘human skills’ in order for the new workers to remain competitive in a skills-based economy.

"Canada is at a historic cross-roads – we have the largest generation of young people coming into the workforce at the very same time technology is starting to impact most jobs in the country," added Dave McKay, president and CEO, RBC.

"Canada is on the brink of a skills revolution and we have a responsibility to prepare young people for the opportunities and ambiguities of the future."

The study recommended that a national review of post-secondary education programs take place, as well as setting a national tare of 100% work-integrated learning, to ensure every undergraduate student has the opportunity for a meaningful experiential placement.

"As digital and machine technology advances, the next generation of Canadians will need to be more adaptive, creative and collaborative, adding and refining skills to keep pace with a world of work undergoing profound change," continued McKay.

"Canada's future prosperity depends on getting a few big things right and that's why we've introduced RBC Future Launch."

Talking of impending technology changes, make sure you book your place at HRD Canada’s upcoming HR Tech Summit – on 26th & 27th June 2018 in Toronto.

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