Increasingly, older Canadians are working longer. Seniors’ labour force participation rate has more than doubled since 2000, from 6.0 percent in 2000 to 13.4 percent in 2014. As we move toward an increasingly intergenerational workforce, there is an opportunity to examine some of the most common barriers that older workers face in the labour market.

Ageism — stereotyping or discriminating against people based on their age — acts as one of these barriers and carries a host of negative implications for older workers and employment, the economy and society. Moving from ageist to age-friendly practices in work and employment hinges on some fundamental changes in both attitudes and behaviours toward employment and older workers.

Dr. Louise Plouffe, Director of Research at the International Longevity Centre Canada, and Peggy Edwards, Health Promotion Consultant and Writer, will expose some common myths and realities about older workers, and discuss the extent to which ageism in employment and business negatively affects workers, the economy and society.

This webinar will also address some policy considerations and ways to move from ageist to age-friendly practices.