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Has the labour force participation rate among seniors really increased in Quebec

February 1, 2015
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

The numbers of job-holders aged 60 and over are increasing. It is not just a matter of an aging workforce; seniors are really participating in the labour market more than ever before. We also note that part-time employment is gaining popularity among these workers. Despite this increase in employment, in this regard Quebec stands well below the Canadian average, as well as Ontario, Alberta and the United States. However, Quebec workers have not had their final say on the issue. Businesses’ pressing need for trained and experienced workers, the shift of the labour market to the tertiary sector, and the rising life expectancy are some of the factors that will precipitate greater labour force participation by seniors in the years to come.