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Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people

Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people explores the risks and rewards automation poses for industries and workers in Ontario by examining trends in the economy as a whole, gathering local insights from across the province, and conducting an in-depth analysis of two key sectors in Ontario that are broadly representative of these trends — manufacturing and finance and insurance.

This report outlines the dual challenge technology advances present to Ontario’s economy — to simultaneously improve lagging technological adoption, while mitigating its negative impacts for some workers — and proposes a bold strategy to meet this challenge head on.

These findings are rooted in a mixed methods approach involving a number of interrelated research streams: Drawing on a review of existing literature, an examination of relevant data, and semi-structured interviews with over 50 individuals (representing labour, businesses, and developers of technology in both sectors). We also conducted a two-phase citizen engagement process to deepen our understanding of how automation is playing out in different parts of the province, how it is perceived, and what forms of support may be needed to help workers adjust.

The report integrates novel analysis and key stakeholder insights with feedback from consultations and surveys of more than 300 individuals representing labour, businesses, and developers of technology in both the public and private sectors. It is also guided by the perspectives of an Expert Advisory Panel of 14 people with technology, academic, and industry expertise.

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Date of publication: May 2018

Link: http://brookfieldinstitute.ca/research-analysis/better-faster-stronger/

Organization: The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)

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