Labor shortage: more retirees are needed at work

Labour Shortage: More Retirements Needed at work


As employment among people aged 55 and over fell by 51,000 (-1.2%) last June for the first time since April 2021, voices are being raised for governments are working extra hard to keep them in the job market.

“The drop in employment was almost entirely attributable to the decline in the number of workers aged 55 and over,” summarized Statistics Canada in its June 2022 Labor Force Survey, released yesterday.

< p>In the midst of a labor shortage, the president of the Réseau FADOQ is categorical: even if there are already ways to encourage experienced workers to work, we must redouble our efforts to avoid losing them. .

“Governments must continue to think about incentive measures to maintain or bring experienced workers back into the labor market, since they are one of the solutions,” argues Gisèle Tassé-Goodman.

< p>Broken promises

“The Liberal Party of Canada had promised the creation of a tax credit for career extension, like that of Quebec, during the last election campaign. However, radio silence since,” she laments.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, the CEO of the Conseil du patronat, Karl Blackburn, yesterday expressed his desire to convince more experienced workers with his “seduction of 60-69 year olds” project.

< p>Refundable credit

According to Luc Godbout, holder of the Research Chair in Taxation and Public Finance at the University of Sherbrooke, more needs to be done.< /p>

“We must make the career extension credit refundable and also make contributions to the Quebec Pension Plan optional for taxpayers aged 65 and over,” he believes.

He adds that the most of the 1.2 million people between the ages of 55 and 65 actively contribute to the economy.

“The challenge is to maximize the chances that they will continue to do so over the next ten years, when they reach 65 and over,” he concludes.

▶In Quebec, employment fell by 27,000 in June (-0.6%), which corresponds to a second decline in three months, according to Statistics Canada, which notes the most marked declines in natural resources, l information, culture and leisure.  

He wants to work without being “massacred” by taxes 

Pensioner Daniel Matthys, 61, shows his opinions of contribution, which surprised him.

A retiree from the federal public service who works a few hours a week as a cashier-salesman does not understand why governments are not more generous with retirees who have their pay cheated.

“Pensioners around me say to me: 'Well no, if I go back there, they will massacre me at the end of the year'”, says retired Daniel Matthys, 61, when asked if his friends do like him, working here and there.

“I can't wait for people to say to retirees: 'You can go to work. We won’t knock you out on taxes,’” he adds.

Last week, Le Journaltold the story of seniors returning to the labor market, who are 12% more numerous than three years ago.

Reading the report, Daniel Matthys felt challenged . He wanted to tell his story to the Journal to share the shock he had the first time his $25 an hour melted into after-tax minimum wage.

“I want to pay my taxes, but I don't want to overpay them at the end of the year because my income will change my tax bracket to a stratospheric level”, underlines the man from Lanaudière.

According to him, governments “want the butter and the money for the butter” by pushing seniors to work, but waiting for them to pay taxes.

Solution mode

While the unemployment rate stood at 4.3% (+0.1 percentage point) last month, Daniel Matthys believes that it is urgent to be in solution mode to help workers rather than the companies that hire them.

According to Mr. Matthys, we need to be more creative in order to retain seniors at work.

“Why shouldn't retirees have a tax exemption on the first $10,000 earned? It would remove a burden,” he suggests.

“The other solution would be to have a tax report for my pension and another self-employed separately for the job held,” says- it.

At the Réseau FADOQ, we believe that the current maximum provincial tax credit for career extension of $1,650 is positive, but insufficient.

“The next election campaign in Quebec will be a good time for political parties to propose to the Quebec population their ideas to promote the retention or return of these workers, ”concludes its president Gisèle Tassé-Goodman.

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