Job polarization is one of several trends — including automation, offshoring and the growing importance of the gig-economy — that were already of general interest prior to the onset of the pandemic, but which have been pushed even further into the centre of public policy discussions by the arrival of COVID-19. As Canadian policymakers consider how to build back the economy after the pandemic, addressing the problems created by job polarization needs to figure prominently in their priorities. Co-authored by Sean Speer for Public Policy Forum, this study shows that the share of mid-skilled jobs in Canada have continuously declined over the last 30 years, and that job polarization has different effects on different population groups.

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