Future of work

In two decades’ time, the world of work in Canada and other industrialized countries will look very different than it does today. Major forces are driving change: digital technologies, artificial intelligence, climate change, demographic shifts and more. This change may bring far-reaching social, political and economic consequences for a generation of workers. IWH researchers are exploring the emerging issues posed by some of these trends—on health and safety, on work inequities, and on the inclusion of vulnerable and often marginalized young adults in the future of work—and seeking policy, system and workplace actions that can be implemented now to help ensure a healthy and inclusive future for all

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At Work article

What’s connecting the global OHS community? Five things heard at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

"Prevention in the Connected Age" was the theme at the core of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which was held September 20-23, 2021. From the many topics connecting the occupational health and safety community, we highlight a shortlist of five key ones.
Published: October 8, 2021
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At Work article

Nine trends that will likely shape future of work for groups of vulnerable workers

Climate change, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation. The world of work will look very different in the next two decades as a result of major system-wide changes. What might it hold for vulnerable workers?
Published: April 12, 2021
Project report
Project report

Strategies to ensure young persons with disabilities are included in the future of work

Researchers at the Institute for Work & Health are looking for concrete ways to ensure youth and young adults with disabilities are included in the future of work. In the summer of 2021, a research team conducted an online survey with a wide range of people across Canada. This report summarizes six key areas in the future of work that survey participants indicated could both pose difficulties and offer opportunities to young people with disabilities. The report also presents the solutions that participants suggested to address the barriers and take advantage of the opportunities.
Published: May 2022
IWH Speaker Series
IWH Speaker Series

What the future of work looks like to young people with disabilities

What do young people with disabilities think about when they weigh their job options and consider their career goals? Given the massive changes expected in the world of work—changes brought on by the rise of automation, digital technologies, new forms of work, among others—what barriers and opportunities do young people with disabilities perceive on the horizon? In this presentation, IWH Scientist Dr. Arif Jetha shares findings from his interview-based study of young adults with disabilities. He also discusses what support they need to meet the challenges and take advantage of the potential opportunities of a changing labour market.
Published: December 2021
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At Work article

What’s connecting the global OHS community? Five things heard at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

"Prevention in the Connected Age" was the theme at the core of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which was held September 20-23, 2021. From the many topics connecting the occupational health and safety community, we highlight a shortlist of five key ones.
Published: October 2021
Project report
Project report

Fragmentation dans l'avenir du travail

D’ici deux décennies, le monde du travail au Canada et dans les autres pays industrialisés sera fort différent de ce qu’il est aujourd’hui. Une équipe de recherche basée à l’Institut de recherche sur le travail et la santé a entamé un projet qui vise à aider la préparation des jeunes personnes handicapées pour le monde du travail de l’avenir. Le rapport provenant de ce projet décrit neuf tendances susceptibles de modeler l’avenir du travail et leur incidence pour les travailleurs vulnérables.
Published: April 2021
An illustration of young people helping each other climb out of a mountain crevice
At Work article

Nine trends that will likely shape future of work for groups of vulnerable workers

Climate change, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation. The world of work will look very different in the next two decades as a result of major system-wide changes. What might it hold for vulnerable workers?
Published: April 2021
Project report
Project report

Fragmentation in the future of work

In 2020, an Institute for Work & Health research team, using a method from the field of strategic foresight called horizon scanning, began exploring what the future may hold for workers, especially those in vulnerable conditions. Its findings are included in this report, which identifies nine future trends that may have a particular impact on vulnerable workers—both positive and negative.
Published: April 2021
Project
Project

Transitioning to the future of work: an intersectional study of vulnerable youth and young adults

This project applies an intersectional theoretical framework to explore the impact of the future of work on the transitional work experiences of vulnerable groups of young people—including women, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2+, and those with low socioeconomic status—and to uncover the overlapping structures that contribute to labour market inequities for different groups.
Status: Ongoing
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Project

Future-focused job accommodation practices for the school-to-work transition

Difficulties faced by young people during the school-to-work transition can have a lasting effect and contribute to adverse labour market outcomes (e.g. underemployment, lost productivity) that extend across one's working life. This studies is exploring the emerging barriers that young people with disabilities could face in accessing needed job accommodations within the changing world of work in order to generate future-oriented and proactive evidence regarding the school-to-work transition and accommodation needs of young people with disabilities.
Status: Ongoing