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Age Discrimination in Employment in Canada

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  • Morley Gunderson

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Issues pertaining to age discrimination in employment in Canada are analyzed with a view toward highlighting lessons that may be learned from the Canadian experience-an experience that is taking on increased policy importance. Reasons for the increased attention to age discrimination issues are outlined, followed by a portrayal of the age discrimination legislation and court interpretations in Canada, especially as they pertain to mandatory retirement. Enforcement aspects are discussed, as is the evidence on age discrimination in employment and the effectiveness of legislation with respect to age discrimination and mandatory retirement. The article concludes with a discussion of the lessons to be learned from the Canadian experience, especially with respect to the poorly understood but complicated relationship between age discrimination and mandatory retirement. Policy recommendations for strengthening age discrimination legislation are also outlined. (JEL "J14", "J24", "J71") Copyright 2003 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 318-328

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:21:y:2003:i:3:p:318-328

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Cited by:
  1. Christopher Worswick & Casey Warman, 2009. "Mandatory Retirement Rules and the Retirement Decisions of University Professors in Canada," Working Papers 1202, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  2. Worswick, Chris, 2005. "Regles relatives a la retraite obligatoire et decisions de retraite des professeurs d'universite au Canada," Direction des etudes analytiques : documents de recherche 2005271f, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques.
  3. admin, clsrn & Gomez, Rafael & Gunderson, Morley, 2009. "For Whom the 'Retirement' Bell Tolls: Inter-temporal Comparisons Using the 1994 and 2002 Canadian General Social Survey," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2009-31, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 22 Apr 2009.
  4. Worswick, Chris, 2005. "Mandatory Retirement Rules and Retirement Decisions of University Professors in Canada," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2005271e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  5. Aurelian SOFIC─é, 2012. "The social network of actors influencing age discrimination in the human resources recruiting process," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 3, pages 169-188, June.

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