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06 Dec

Sunil Johal’s Washington Post Op-ed on Disruption

December 6, 2018 | By |

Governments must protect workers from technological disruptions. 

Sunil Joshal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre (the independent public policy think tank housed at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy), writes in The Washington Post about why governments need to respond to today’s changing workforce and suggests some ideas on how to move forward.

“Both Canada and the United States are laggards when it comes to public investment in adult job seekers. U.S. spending on labor market programs as a percentage of gross domestic product, which includes training, unemployment benefits and hiring subsidies, is second-lowest among 34 advanced economies in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (0.27 percent in 2016, which is one-tenth as much proportionally as countries such as Finland), while Canada ranks 17th (at 0.90 percent). But providing people the right skills isn’t just a question of more funding. Many publicly funded job retraining initiatives are ineffective and were designed in a different, less tumultuous time.”

Read more here.