Future-proofing young Canadians with disabilities for the changing labour market
Reasons for the study
In industrialized countries, the future of work is characterized by rising automation and digitization of jobs, increased exposure to precarious work, growing employment in the gig and sharing economies, and ecological and sociopolitical changes. The future of work has the potential to create new challenges that disproportionality affect vulnerable labour market subgroups, including young workers and people living with disabilities.
In this study, we systematically examine the future of work as it relates to young people with disabilities, with the aim of anticipating the work and labour market changes that will affect their inclusion and success in the future of work. Findings can help inform the design of future-proofed policies and programs for young people with disabilities that can be implemented in the present to address the anticipated shocks and stresses of the future of work.
Objectives of the study
- Using strategic foresight methodologies, construct medium- to long-term views of the future of work as it relates to young people with disabilities
- Inform the design of future-proofed policies and programs to address the anticipated shocks and stressors for young people with disabilities in the future of work
Policy-makers, educators, employers, employment service providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, youth-based community organizations, young adults with disabilities and their families will find these study results useful for informing the design of future-proofed policies and programs that can be implemented now to help ensure the inclusion of young people with disabilities in the future of work.
Related scientific publications
- Jetha A, Bonaccio S, Shamaee A, Banks CG, Bultmann U, Smith PM, Tompa E, Tucker LB, Norman C, Gignac MA. Divided in a digital economy: understanding disability employment inequities stemming from the application of advanced workplace technologies. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health. 2023;3:100293. doi:10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100293. (Open access)
- Jetha A. Three scenarios of a future working world [for young adults living with a disability]. Institute for Work & Health; 2023.
- Jetha A, Shamaee A, Tompa E, Smith PM, Bultmann U, Bonaccio S, Tucker LB, Norman C, Banks CG, Gignac MA. The future of work in shaping the employment inclusion of young adults with disabilities: a qualitative study. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 2023;42(9):75-91. doi:10.1108/EDI-06-2022-0154. (Open access)
- Jetha A, Shamaee A, Bonaccio S, Gignac MA, Tucker LB, Tompa E, Bultmann U, Norman CD, Banks CG, Smith PM. Fragmentation in the future of work: a horizon scan examining the impact of the changing nature of work on workers experiencing vulnerability. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2021;64(8):649-666. doi:10.1002/ajim.23262. (Open access)
- Jetha A, Shamaee A. Fragmentation dans l'avenir du travail. Institute for Work & Health; 2021.
Related interviews and articles
- Three future of work scenarios to help develop inclusion strategies for young people with disabilities. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 112, Spring 2023.
- Nine trends that will likely shape future of work for groups of vulnerable workers. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 104, Spring 2021.
- Canadian workers aren’t too worried about robots taking their jobs, web survey finds. Toronto Star. December 14, 2020. Available from: https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/09/16/canadian-workers-arent-too-worried-about-robots-taking-their-jobs-web-survey-finds.html
- The future of work will hit vulnerable people the hardest. The Conversation. March 2, 2020.
IWH Speaker Series presentations
- Three scenarios of a future working world: Using strategic foresight to imagine and respond to a changing world of work for young adults living with a disability in Canada. IWH Speaker Series. October 17, 2023.
- What the future of work looks like to young people with disabilities. IWH Speaker Series. December 14, 2021.
- Fragmentation in the future of work: Exploring the impact of the changing nature of work on vulnerable workers. IWH Speaker Series. February 23, 2021.
Collaborators and partners
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Education at Work Ontario
Employment and Social Development Canada (Government of Canada)
The Knowledge Society
New Frontiers in Research Fund (a Tri-Agency Program—CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)