Assessing Saint John’s Vulnerability to Automation: Applying The Conference Board of Canada’s Automation Vulnerability Index

The Conference Board of Canada, 20 pages, April 6, 2021
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How will Saint John’s occupations fare in the future? In this data briefing, the authors report that the city currently has the highest Automation Vulnerability Index score in Atlantic Canada.

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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 Saint John’s Vulnerability to Automation, the authors report that Saint John has the highest Automation Vulnerability Index (AVI) score in the Atlantic Canada region and is the 10th most vulnerable census metropolitan area in the country. Three factors are driving Saint John’s automation vulnerability. Compared with the national average, it has a higher share of workers with a high school diploma or less (by 7.9 per cent), higher average economic transition costs (by 6.5 per cent), and a greater share of the labour force in high-risk, low-mobility occupations (by 5.7 per cent).

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

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