Assessing Abbotsford-Mission’s Vulnerability to Automation: Applying The Conference Board of Canada’s Automation Vulnerability Index

The Conference Board of Canada, 19 pages, April 1, 2021
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How will occupations in Abbotsford-Mission fare in the future? In this data briefing, the authors report that the region currently has the fourth-highest Automation Vulnerability Index score in the country.

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On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, The Conference Board of Canada has developed the Automation Vulnerability Index (AVI) to track occupational vulnerability and workforce resiliency. Using the AVI, we can improve our understanding of Canada’s unique skills training needs.

In Assessing Abbotsford-Mission’s Vulnerability to Automation, the authors report that the region has the highest share of the labour force with a high school diploma or less—35.6 per cent more than the national level. This is one of the key reasons why the region has the fourth-highest AVI score in the country. The regional share of high-risk, low-mobility workers is also higher than the national (by 13.4 per cent), as is the share of its labour force in slow-growing occupations (by 4.5 per cent). This further exacerbates the region’s vulnerability to automation.

The data briefing also suggests some policy considerations to aid people to transition into less automation-susceptible occupations.

Table of Contents

Key findings

Introduction

The AVI’s five variables

Abbotsford–Mission’s economy

Sources of vulnerability in Abbotsford–Mission

Policy considerations

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Appendix A

Methodology

Appendix B

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