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  • Experienced Workers Project

    As the workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to age there will be an increased need for experienced workers (those aged 55+) to remain in or return to the workforce. Evidence suggests that many workers want to work past retirement age for financial reasons, but also to remain engaged and pursue work they enjoy. The St. John’s Board of Trade has embarked on a two-year project to identify and address the barriers that currently exist in the province that may be preventing experienced workers from remaining/reentering the workforce, as well as identifying opportunities that exist for this group. The Board of Trade has engaged MQO Research to help identify these barriers and the opportunities. An action plan will be developed based on the findings of this research.

    The Experienced Workers Project has four main research objectives:
    1. Understanding barriers that currently exist for older workers that want to remain in the workforce.
    2. Examining potential contribution of older workers to the labour market, estimating the number of workers over the age of 50 in Newfoundland and Labrador that would remain in the workforce if they could.
    3. Understanding employer attitudes towards older workers.
    4. Developing recommendations to remove barriers and increase workforce participation of older workers.


    Based on early results from MQO Research there may be as many as 44,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador between the ages of 55 and 75 who are looking for opportunities to enter/reenter the workforce. Click here to see the preliminary report.
    Additional Resources
    Promoting an Age Friendly Workplace
    Age Friendly Workplaces: Promoting Older Worker Participation  (2012) A report prepared by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum. 
    Age Friendly Workplaces: A Self-Assessment Tool for Employers (2012) A checklist for employers to see how ready they are to employ older workers.
    Age Discrimination
    Age Discrimination in the Workplace Detecting and addressing age discrimination at work.
    Age Discrimination in the Workplace: Three Myths About Older Workers, Debunked   Blog post from Indeed addressing three commonly held misconceptions about older workers
    Lori Sheppard
    Project Manager
  • Funded and Supported by: Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC)

    Partners include: