Understanding the impact of technological change on Ontario’s workers
Are you working in Ontario's industry?
We want to hear from you!
Are you experiencing changes to your work as a result of technology? Are you an employer making decisions about automation? A union representing workers who are being impacted? A service provider helping people retrain or navigate change?
We want to hear what you have to say about the effects of automation on how you work, live and do business.
3 Ways to Participate
Find a workshop near you.
All Ontarians are welcome to participate and contribute their insights.
Public workshops will take place in the following locations:
- Thursday, January 25 – Sudbury, ON — Public Workshop, YMCA Employment Services, 12 to 2 pm
- Monday, January 29 – Woodstock, ON — Public Workshop, Woodstock Art Gallery, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 30 – Windsor, ON — Public Workshop, Ciociaro Club, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, January 31 – Chatham, ON — Public Workshop, John D. Bradley Convention Centre, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Thursday, February 1 – London, ON — Public Workshop, London Employment Help Centre, 12 to 2 pm
- Tuesday, February 6 – Kingston, ON — Public Workshop, Innovation Park, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
How is technology changing the way we live and work?
Robot Talks public workshops are part of our broader research on the impact of technological change on Ontario’s workforce.
Submit your thoughts online.
Why It Matters
New technologies are changing the way we work and do business. These changes can be felt across economic regions and sectors, with some feeling the effects more than others.
Automation has the potential to help companies stay competitive. For some Ontarians, it could augment or create jobs. For others, it could change or jeopardize jobs.
Our team is taking to the road and visiting communities across Ontario to learn:
- Is advancing technology helping or hurting Ontario workers?
- How is technology changing the way you live and work?
- Who is most at risk of automation? Which industries can be replaced by technology?
- Is automation creating holes in Canada’s workforce? What about creating opportunities?
- How has your business changed as technology advances? How have you adapted?
All Ontarians are welcome to participate.
How It Works
November + December 2017
This included stakeholder interviews, pop-up engagement modules and written feedback.
January + February 2018
We sought comments on the Phase 1 Engagement Summary and further input through an online survey, public workshops, stakeholder roundtables and written comments.
This public engagement research project is supported by the Government of Ontario.
In November 2017, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship convened an expert advisory panel that put forward recommendations on how to prioritize research for this project, what sectors to focus on, and what questions to ask. Over the next four months, we will be talking to Ontarians, consulting industry, labour, and academic experts, and conducting new research. All project components will be synthesized and compiled into a public report, which will be released in March 2018.
The objective is to provide a more robust, stakeholder-informed evidence base for policies and services aimed at supporting Ontario’s workers as they adjust to technological disruption and take advantage of the new opportunities it presents.
- General trends related to automation and local impacts on work
- Local adaptations to technological change and disruption
- Training / retraining and worker-employer connection programs that work (or don’t)
- Lessons learned from past or present programs and supports
- Strategies for supporting families and businesses navigating disruption
- Local service gaps, needs, obstacles and opportunities
- Labour shortages, as well as skill needs and transferability
Hot and cold beverages as well as light fare will be offered.
Have a question?
Email email@example.com, call 416-979-5000 Ext. 543494, or write to us at:
c/o Brookfield Institute
350 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3