Welcome to the Info Hub!

This is our library of 3rd party resources that we identified on the topic of an aging workforce and retirement. We have designed the Info Hub to help employers, workers and the community. If you would like to recommend a resource for the Info Hub please contact info@workforcewindsoressex.com.

CARP’s New Vision for Engaging Older Workers

This resource will explain how to better engage older Canadians into the Canadian workforce. The resource outlines the benefits of employing an older workers and lists the common barriers that are preventing older workers from entering the Canadian workforce so that employers can potentially address these barriers to employment.

The Age Advantage

A short resource that outlines common potential advantages of hiring an older worker.

Ageism in the Workplace

This episode of The Agenda with Steve Palkin examines ageism in the Canadian workplace and what employers and managements can do to foster the ongoing careers of older workers.

10 Advantages of Retaining and Hiring Older Workers: Lessons from NYC Small Business

100+ small New York City businesses share their staffing struggles and solutions. For many of these employers, older workers play an integral role in the business remaining successful and sustainable in a competitive marketplace. This resource summarizes what these 100+ small business have said about the benefits of employing older workers.

Managing and Sustaining an Aging Nursing Workforce

A blog entry from Eddy Ng, a PhD professor at Dalhousie University, reviewing a report on the opportunities of nursing collective agreements and how they can support an aging nurse workforce in Canada. This review shares the five key suggested strategies that were identified in the report that health care organizations can use to help sustain an aging workforce.

Succession Planning: Retaining Skills and Knowledge in Your Workforce

This resource will explain how to better engage older Canadians into the Canadian workforce. The resource outlines the benefits of employing an older workers and lists the common barriers that are preventing older workers from entering the Canadian workforce so that employers can potentially address these barriers to employment.

Older Workers Project: Employer Experiences

The report presents the main findings from the qualitative and quantitative exploratory study of employer experiences of the aging workforce in the manufacturing and health care sectors in the Peterborough area during from 2010-2011. The purpose of the study was to identify the challenges and opportunities confronted by organizations employing older workers, and navigating the challenges of a labour pool with a high average age relative to other regions in Ontario.

Age-Friendly Workplaces: A Self-Assessment Tool for Employers

This guide comprises strategies, templates, and tools for dealing with an aging workforce based on the recommendations of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Foundation’s “The Aging Workforce” report, along with other resources. It also highlights findings from the “Preparing for an Aging Workforce Survey” of 1,913 HR professionals on their organizations’ practices related to an aging workforce.

Managing the Multigenerational Workplace

Older Worker Resource Kit for Employers

This kit will help employers to maximize the many benefits of having older, more experienced workers in their workforce and will also help them to recruit older workers. This kit includes information on: best practices with respect to the engagement of older workers in the labour force; how best to recruit older workers; and programs that exist to support older workers.

Benefits of a Supportive Development Climate for Older Workers

CARP’s New Vision for Engaging Older Workers

Flex Strategies to Attract, Engage, and Retain Older Workers

Find out more about issues related to our aging workforces. This report addresses may common questions about issues related to aging workforces. Find out how the research and interviews conducted as part of this project addressed the questions about issues related to aging workforces and settled on four main discoveries: workplace flexibility strategy, in general, is not formally defined; issues that formed the business case for flexilibity are broad; organizations should take the dimensions that influence the perceptions of age into account in their efforts to develop promising flexibility practices; and innovative practices address the concerns of managers.

Preparing for an Aging Workforce

Research reports by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Industry Reports

The Twin Threats of Aging and Automation

This report finds that across several major economies, older workers are at mid-to-high risk of being displaced by automation. This report also emphasizes that older workers tend to face unique difficulties in the labour market – such as high long-term unemployment and age discrimination – and so are prone to particularly harsh fallouts from displacement by new technologies. Concerted efforts on the part of governments and companies to devise strategies for encouraging and accommodating the older worker will be crucial in the coming decades.

The Aging Workforce: Succession Planning and Retention

This webpage report reviews tips on succession planning and how to make the most of an aging workforce. It identifies common succession planning concerns and how to address these, as well as how to capitalize on older workers.

Succession Planning: Retaining Skills and Knowledge in Your Workforce

In this publication, employers will find practical advice to help identify and develop internal talent and prevent the loss of important knowledge from their organizations. This advice comes from various resources, including Alberta organizations that have implemented many of the practices themselves.

Succession Planning

This section of the Government of New Brunswick website is dedicated to defining succession planning and includes an overview of succesion planning, common benefits associated with succession planning, and a five step process for properly facilitating succession planning within a business/organization.

Succession Planning for Health Care Organizations and Recruiters

PROergonomics Webinar: Aging Workforce Means Greater Need for Ergonomics

This webinar will help employers identify areas of their employees’ jobs that have greater ergonomic risks, and discuss effective strategies to allow your aging workforce to perform their jobs safer, for longer.

Employer Toolkit: Guidance for Managers of Older Workers

This employer toolkit is a resource offering guidance to managers of older workers. The infromation available details how employers can better manage their workforce. This toolkit also includes information relating to the retention, retraining, and recruiting of older workers. Information is also included on a range of other topics including knowledge management and flexible working arrangements.

Aging and Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD): Strategies for Older Workers

Employers should view this resources to consider strategies for healthy aging to address aging workforces. This report should especially appeal to employers in the industrial sector, as MSDs are often disorders that burden all industrial sectors. This report will provide strategies for creating environments that support healthy aging that can be adapted for workplaces.

Enabling Healthy and Productive Work

This report is the result of work done at a roundtable of key stakeholders to seek input on design of a Work and Health Inititative. One of the topics discussed in this report is older workers. This report addresses issues such as how to bridge a growing generational gap between younger and older workers, how to make older workers feel more valued at work, how to address rapidly changing technology, and more.

Health Issues Related to Older Workers

A PowerPoint presentation to ensure employers are more aware of the workplace health issues that older workers often experience and advice on how to address these issues.

Healthy Work in an Ageing Europe: Strategies and Instruments for Prolonging Working Life

This paper consists of two parts. The first depicts the demographic context and the status of ageing workers, and the second portrays the measures that can be taken to help improve the status of this group of workers. It focuses on activities and tools available at company level for prolonging working life.

Canada’s Aging Workforce

This inforgraphic illustrates why older workers can be beneficial to an organization, and what workplaces can do to ensure that they stay healthy and safe on the job, keeping in mind that a well-designed, well-organized workplace benefits everyone, regardless of age.

Fast Fact: The Aging Workforce – Decreasing the Impact

This Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) Fast Fact provides an overview of aging vs healthy aging, how possible physical and cognitive changes are loosely associated with a person’s age in years, an understanding of what is the functional ability of an individual and how the employer can influence the functional ability of their workers with supporting aging workforce policies. This information aims to guide an employer in effectively managing the possible impact an Aging Workforce may have on an organization.

Business of Aging: Wellness Solutions for Our Aging Workforce

The purpose of this paper is to present the case for employers to take action on employee wellness, and to provide them with a showcase of Canadian innovations to help their employees prevent or manage chronic disease, thereby keeping them healthy and effective throughout their careers.

Looking for a Job as an Older Worker

Helpful tips and advice on how to look for a job as an older worker in Canada, including information on topics such as: networking; job boards; working as a consultant; employment programs; your rights as an older worker; and more additonal resources.

Top Employers for Canadians Over 40

A list of the 2019 winners of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 competition. This tool allows a jobseeker the capability to look for specific types of job roles by job title or keyword, or by province, at one of the top-100 employers for Canadians over the age of 40.

What Workers Can Do to Keep Themselves Safe and Healthy

A one-page document on helpful tips for workers and how to stay safe and healthy in the workplace.

The Impact of Aging on Labour Market Participation Rates

A Statistics Canada research report on the impact of aging workforces on labour market participation rates. Statistics show that aging workforces are causing the Canadian participation rate to fall could potentially continue to fall in the future.

Older Workers Stampede into the Labour Market

This short report highlights statistics from Canada’s aging labour force and highlights the growing importance of older workers in Canada’s overall labour force.

Retiring into the Community

This booklet provides information, tips, questions, and answers to help you begin to think about where you are now and what you want for your future.

How Deep is the Digital Divide? ICT Literacy and the Role of Assistive Technology in Helping Older Workers

As the Canadian economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based and technology-driven, older workers who struggle with computers and other technologies may find themselves less employable. By understanding the ICT literacy skills of older workers, we can develop strategies to help older workers retain their current jobs, gain new jobs, or use assistive technologies more effectively.

Ensuring Older Canadians are Supported in the Workplace

This policy brief outlines ways to better accommodate the needs of older Canadian workers, including those who may be balancing caregiving duties while at work. A number of issues affecting older Canadian workers are addressed and potential solutions to these issues are provided in this report.