Should robots pay taxes? Docs detail ideas to adapt to changing labour force

by:INDUSTRIAL-MAN     2019-10-11
OTTAWA —
Liberals were told to consider taxing robots that replaced workers, allowing people to pay their tax bills in kind rather than in cash, and to work to prevent income inequality before income inequality occurs.
These ideas are part of the government\'s tremendous efforts to adapt to the rapidly changing labor force and avoid some of the pressures it could put on the federal finances.
The documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act provide a window for the idea that liberals are required to consider when modernizing social safety nets and labor regulations.
All ideas are for federal projects designed 60 years ago for the labor needs of the next 60 years.
What liberals and other governments around the world are trying to deal with is the increasing automation, the splitting of the work that anyone can do online anywhere in the world, and the shorter-
Employment is a sign of a \"zero-job\" economy.
Sarah Doyle, director of policy and research at the Brookfield Institute for innovation and startup, said the changes will be disruptive, have a greater impact on some workers than others, and need to respond to avoid rising inequality.
\"We see that changes are likely to get faster and magnified,\" she said . \".
\"With these different large-scale trends, the distribution of risks and benefits associated with automation, digitization is not evenly distributed among the population.
An estimate given to the G7 labor minister this spring said that up to 15% of jobs could be replaced by automation in the next 20 years.
According to the information provided to a closed company, the most risky jobs are farm and construction workers, accountants, laboratory technicians and sales personnel.
December 2017 meeting of senior federal officials.
Occupations with lower risk of automation are caregivers, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers and journalists.
Rise of the Cross
Border remote work also means that tasks previously completed by domestic workers were split and posted for international workers with lower labor costs, and federal officials are concerned that this may reduce wages in Canada.
Canada\'s demand for this online job exceeds its share of the International Labor Force, marking a policy area --
Armine Yalnizyan, an economist who studies future work, said manufacturers need to investigate.
Workers in this new \"working\" economy
Marked by more parts-time and short-
Contract Working period
It is also unlikely that an employment insurance system funded by employer and employee premiums will be paid.
In a briefing to the Canadian Minister of Labor in June 2017, the web platform \"provides a new way to avoid employers --
Sponsorship benefits and other financial burdens.
Federal officials involved in the discussion expressed concerns that the trend could cause a deadly financial blow to the federal social safety net.
Avoiding this fate, according to the document, includes a range of solutions.
The brainstorming session in October 2017 included proposals to pay each Canadian a guaranteed minimum income, which would replace a variety of targeted social benefits.
Another idea is to allow Canadians to pass through non-
Cash payments like volunteering to work for the federal government.
Re-establish labor rules and give workers more bargaining power, which may be to push forward
Instead of relying on government welfare to redistribute income, increase market income and even eliminate inequality.
\"Over the past 50 years, we have seen lower bargaining positions for workers, unless there are measures that can really improve the way workers bargain for themselves, then we rely entirely on the government to solve everything.
But this is impossible . \"
Lifelong learning is also a key issue in getting workers out of the workforce many times, upgrading their skills and adapting to changing employment needs, especially those who do not have digital skills and may be replaced by robots.
It is also proposed to use technological advances such as 3D printing to reduce commodity costs.
As for the robots, officials recommend taxing technologies that replace warm environments.
Or part of the requirement for automated work is for the benefit of society.
The brainstorming meeting on October 2017 reported that the \"usefulness, impact and feasibility\" of policy options had not been fully assessed \".
Instead, these ideas represent the beginning of a \"discussion on how to respond to the changing nature of work.
Labor Minister Patty Hajdu said she believes the government is approaching a number of solutions.
\"This is not to say that we have not changed in the working world before.
I think this is a quick change that many Canadians are concerned about, \"she said in an interview.
\"But I\'m not necessarily as pessimistic as some of our opposition parties, either, because I actually think there\'s a chance for innovation and change.
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