But instead we are seeing a disrespectful rise is ageist rhetoric in this country and a lack of respect for experienced workers.
Canadians over the age of 55 have developed a lifetime of skills and experience that Canada can benefit from.
In fact, during the pandemic we saw many retirees come back to the workforce to fill gaps in teaching, and many doctors and nurses chose to delay retirement to meet the demand on the front lines. They know the value of hard work.
According to Statistics Canada, 21.8% of our workforce is between 55 and 64 years old. This is the largest cohort in our history of those about to enter retirement age.
Canada needs these experienced workers, but our current tax and benefits system creates disincentives for them to stay in the workforce.
We must remove these barriers and let experienced workers who choose to keep working do so without financial penalty.
Our experienced workers deserve more respect and flexibility to decide if and when they wish to retire.
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