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Technology and Employment: Job Creation in the Non-Profit Sector

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[1] and according to research by the National Bureau of Economic Research, each additional robot reduces employment by a net 6.2 workers.[2]

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.[3]

WHEREAS jobs are needed to give people a sense of purpose.[4]

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


[1] “What the Future of Automation means for Canadian Jobs,” Ryerson University, June 15, 2016.

[2] “Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets,” NBER Working Paper No. 23285, March 2017.

[3] “Death Rates Rising for Middle-aged White Americans, Study Finds,” NY Times, November 2, 2015.

[4] “A Meaning to Life: How a Sense of Purpose Can Keep You Healthy,” The New Scientist, January 25, 2017.

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