Technologies Would Not Threaten Large-Scale Workforce

Recently released documents show that senior federal officials don’t believe artificial intelligence and robots are threatening large segments of the Canadian workforce.

In their work, conducted in 2019, federal experts estimated that an apocalyptic scenario in which automation would eliminate half of the jobs in Canada was exaggerated .

But these officials have identified indicators of fragility in certain sectors of the economy that the government should be concerned about, such as how streaming services are redefining music, television and film production.

Other documents indicate that the government was informed before the summer that 11% of jobs in Canada could be automated in the next 15 to 20 years, and that 29% of existing jobs were likely to change significantly .

The Canadian Press obtained these documents through the Access to Information Act.

The report was to serve as a basis for advising the government to be elected in October on how to help workers at the turn of a new decade.

This work is part of a series of exercises conducted by federal officials to see to what extent social security programs could respond to the most pessimistic scenarios regarding technological changes in the workforce.

It is not known what the conclusions of this review were. These details, like many others in the documents, have been redacted or have not been made public.

Federal officials have determined where the effects of automation are likely to be most felt, as in rural manufacturing-dependent communities, according to other documents obtained by The Canadian Press in March. These publications, mentioned in the June report, also listed the cities most and least likely to feel the impact in each province.

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