OTTAWA—A new report says some of the more than one million Canadian workers who could lose their jobs to machines could fill growing gaps in the nation's health-care system with the right training now.
The issue is time and money for a sector that previous research suggests doesn't invest as much as other industries do in skills training.
Health-services jobs account for 13 percent of the country's workforce and federal projections estimate the rapid pace of growth seen over the last decade will continue over the next.
A report from RBC Economics to be released today makes the case that workers at high risk of losing their jobs due to automation have skills that could translate well to health care.
RBC's report calls on educational and health institutions, as well as governments, to find ways now to train some of those workers to save costs in the future as the price of providing health care goes up.
The findings in the report about the risk of automation in health care largely reflect findings laid out to senior federal officials who have studied the issue of disruption in the workforce over the past few years.
Retail workers, accountants and people with clerical jobs are among those considered most likely to be displaced by machines, although when that might happen widely is a guessing game.
On the other hand, nurses, paramedics, doctors and medical technicians are all considered at low risk of being automated out of work by 2035 because of the “human” skills required to do the work.