WHEREAS, according to the Brookfield Institute, more than 40% of the Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replaced by technology in the next two decades and according to research by the National Bureau of Economic Research, each additional robot reduces employment by a net 6.2 workers.
WHEREAS, according to Case and Deaton, Nobel Memorial Prize winners, Americans age 50-54 with a high school education or less are among the most vulnerable to job loss and have seen their drug, alcohol and suicide deaths increase by 300% in the space of two decades.
WHEREAS jobs are needed to give people a sense of purpose.
WHEREAS an overlooked segment of our economy is the non-profit sector, where non- profit organizations are in desperate need of money to expand their capacity and create jobs;
BE IT RESOLVED that LPC recommend the Government of Canada make a commitment to transfer $1 billion per year to Federally registered community foundations based on the per capita unemployment and underemployment rate in their areas. These foundations would grant money to registered Federal and/or Provincial charities for the sole purpose of employing additional staff at market wages;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that $1 billion be paid for by an inequality tax on corporations with a gap between the highest and lowest paid employee greater than a ratio of 40 to 1 and/or a robot tax based on income lost by the people whom the robots replace and/or a corporate tax on all corporations earning taxable income over $500,000.
Contact: Al Donnell
 “What the Future of Automation means for Canadian Jobs,” Ryerson University, June 15, 2016.
 “Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets,” NBER Working Paper No. 23285, March 2017.
 “Death Rates Rising for Middle-aged White Americans, Study Finds,” NY Times, November 2, 2015.
 “A Meaning to Life: How a Sense of Purpose Can Keep You Healthy,” The New Scientist, January 25, 2017.