Seniors Work and Income
Many seniors are still active in the labour force and are staying in
the labour force after 60 years of age.8 Employment and unemployment
rates and cost of living may be reasons for continuing to work. Still
only 34% of seniors (60 years and over) participate in the labour force
compared to 76% of the working age (15-64 years) population. If seniors
are not in the labour force, they may be participating in older worker
programs, advising councils and community programs and/or engaged in
traditional knowledge work for environmental agencies or industry. Seniors
are often resource persons for First Nation sponsored language and culture
programs such as in day care, schools and summer camps and story collection.
Some seniors are caregivers for young children.
Once out of the labour market seniors are unlikely to want to return
to wage employment. Almost 88% of seniors 60 years and over that were
not working, did not want to work. Federal and territorial governments
are co-operating in programs to extend older workers’ labour market
participation. This is evidenced in training and employer subsidies
that can be arranged between Aurora College and employers.
Table 5: NWT Labour Force Activity by Selected Characteristics, 2002
||Pop. 15 & over
|60 Years & over
| 60 years & over
Source: NWT Bureau of Statistics, 1999 and 2002 Labour Force Survey