Robots and automation promise to fundamentally transform our economy and society. The fear is that even as they liberate us from dangerous tasks at work and drudgery at home, they will eliminate most of the high-paying manufacturing jobs we have left today.
Canada and its metro areas, like most advanced countries, have already suffered a massive loss of good, family-supporting manufacturing jobs. Back in the 1970s, almost a fifth of Canadians were employed in manufacturing, today less than 10 per cent are.
The reality is that the new era of robots — and automation and computerization more generally — will not only likely lead to further losses of manufacturing jobs, but will hit hardest at the even larger number of routine service jobs which currently employ 6.3 million Canadians, 40 per cent of the workforce. Indeed, the jobs most at risk from future automation are not in manufacturing, but routine service positions like waiters and bartenders, taxi and limousine drivers, and retail jobs in clothing stores, department stores, sporting goods and musical instrument shops, and jobs in the motion picture and video industries.
But which of Canada’s cities and metros face the greatest risk from robots and automation?
New Martin Prosperity Institute research conducted in collaboration with our colleague Shade Shutters of Arizona State University uses detailed occupational data from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey to identify the types of jobs most at risk from automation across Canada’s 149 metros.
The dark purple circles on the map indicate the share of the population whose jobs are most at risk of automation; the larger the circle, the greater the risk.
The places where automation poses the greater risk to jobs are all smaller metros with between 6,000 and 50,000 total jobs. They are mainly …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel