How Much Has Automation Technology Impacted Jobs In Canada?

While technological advancements in businesses generally result in reducing manual labor and work hours, it can also often have a negative impact for workers who depend on manual tasks. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, amid which businesses faced massive operational setbacks due to social distancing and other safety measures, more companies could be inclined to embrace automation technology, pointed a recent report by Statistics Canada.

The national data agency recently conducted a study, in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy, that tracked the degree of technology used in four occupational task groups between 1987 and 2018. It also took a closer glance at the time period between 2011 and 2018, when artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning made rapid advances. 


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