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Published: 03 October 2013

176 Pages | 23 graphs; 2 tables; 1 b/w figure


ISBN: 9780199005741

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Retirement in Canada

Thomas R. Klassen

  • Clear and comprehensive discussion of a life event now faced by baby boomers. There are 9.6 million persons, or close to three out of ten Canadians, that were born between 1946 and 1965. This group has become very interested in books on retirement.
  • A rare book with effectively no competing titles. There are lots of "here's what you should do" books but virtually none that are accessible, provide facts and options in a balanced, reliable context.
  • Beautifully written. Klassen is a regular media commentator in such media as the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, known for his clear, engaging style.
  • Canadian vital signs. Canada faces some unique issues in its demographic mix, from immigration patterns to employment paradigms; this is the only book to consider those specific issues.
  • International comparison. Author has experience of the retirement situation in other countries; Canada's positioning with regards to other nations is fascinating (Men in Mexico retire at 72; women in Austria at 57).
  • Graphics help display key information. Age pyramids, life expectancy charts, and old-age dependency ratios provide eye-opening insight into the kinds of changes Canada is facing.
  • What we should worry about, and what we shouldn't. Our social safety net will not be bankrupted by retiring baby boomers, nor will the future be characterized by intergenerational conflict, but income security remains a key issue.
  • Touches on some of the most important debates of our times. Including discussions about mandatory retirement and the human rights of older adults, this book gives a balanced look at the hot-button issues facing Canada.

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