Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Has A Plan For When Robots Take Over
This week Quora hosted Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, whom was asked out what government’s, particularly Canada, are doing to prepare for the inevitable automation of our workforce.
In response, Trudeau wrote, “We know that the job market is changing, and instead of resisting in vain, we’re focused on funding research and innovation, like in AI and quantum computing, that’ll help lead the change here in Canada. And while we do that, we’re preparing Canadians to find good jobs through investments in education and training.”
The Canadian PM was further asked questions on AI, the scope of engineering jobs in Canada, the controversial Brexit and feminism, for which Trudeau has generated much ado with his recent comments and actions in Canada and the USA.
Trudeau however had his best and most thought out answer for when he was pushed on the topic of automation, particularly on how it would affect Canada’s economic future.
Trudeau spoke about Canada’s commitment to assisting its citizens as they look to train themselves for new jobs through ‘Employment Insurance’ programs.
With the advent of technology in the workforce, we’ve seen pioneers such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk calling for reforms to ensure humans and robots have an even playing field. With Gate’s comments on implementing taxes on robot workers, and Musk’s push for universal basic income, this topic has certainly taken center stage for many households.
While Canada takes its steps, we can only wait and see what the remaining economically developed nations to do to ensure the advancement of its people coincides with the advancement of AI and Robotics in the workplace – and no, building a wall isn’t really an answer.
You can read Justin Trudeau’s full response to the question below:
What should governments do to prepare for the technological automation of human jobs?
We know that the job market is changing, and instead of resisting in vain, we’re focused on funding research and innovation, like in AI and quantum computing, that’ll help lead the change here in Canada. And while we do that, we’re preparing Canadians to find good jobs through investments in education and training.
In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada brought in our Innovation and Skills Plan, which focuses on people and addresses the changing nature of the economy to ensure it works for all Canadians. The plan will build Canada as a world-leading innovation economy to create jobs and grow the middle class.
To help more unemployed Canadians get the training they need to get a good, well-paying job, our Government proposes to make better use of existing flexibilities within the Employment Insurance program that allow claimants to pursue self-funded training and maintain their EI status. For unemployed workers receiving EI, this will mean that they can return to school to get the training they need to find a new job—without fear of losing the EI benefits they need to support themselves and their families. This will provide greater security to Canadian families at a time when they need help most.
Budget 2017 proposes to provide $132.4 million over four years, beginning next year, and $37.9 million per year thereafter, to allow unemployed Canadians to pursue self-funded training while receiving Employment Insurance benefits.
If you’re looking to go back to school, boost your skills or get a new certification, we’re expanding access to grants and access to interest-free student loans for adults.
To make post-secondary education more affordable for adult learners with dependent children, our Government also intends to expand eligibility for Canada Student Grants for students who want to go back part-time while they work and students with dependent children, starting in the 2018–19 academic year.
And we’re going to invest in 13000 work-integrated learning placements for students to help young Canadians transition from school to work.
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