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Don’t be so quick to say Canada is becoming a part-time nation

Canada’s surge in part-time employment isn’t necessarily a sign of a broken labour market. Rather, economists say, it may be a symptom of longer-term shifts in the dynamics of the country’s work force – including its aging demographics.

“The narrowing gap between male and female [workforce] participation rates, as well as the shift to an aging population in Canada, may work to increase the prominence of part-time hiring in the future,” said Toronto-Dominion Bank economists Randall Bartlett and Derek Burleton in a research report published Thursday.