The change in the way we work will impact jobs and extend to the wider economy and housing markets and it looks like Ontario will face an unequal share of the burden.
A study from the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, together with Arizona State University, looked at StatsCan data to determine which Canadian metros are most likely to be impacted from automation.
Due to the higher levels of jobs determined most at risk from automation, the researchers believe that Ontario has 7 of the 10 metros set to be impacted.
Leading the top 10 is Quesnel, one of two metros in the top 10 in British Columbia. This metro has 10,390 workers with 63.5% vulnerable to automation.
Leamington (63% of 24,060 jobs) and Tillsonburg (63% of 6,995 jobs) are the next two most at risk, both in Ontario. Ingersoll, Norfolk, Orillia, Chatham-Kent, and Woodstock are the others from the province in the top 10.
Williams Lake, BC; and New Glasgow, NS complete the top 10.
Ottawa-Gatineau and Montreal are among the top 10 metro least at risk from automation according to the research reported by HuffPost Canada.
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Many industries are already starting to be impacted by technology and this is set to intensify as more businesses utilise automation in the years ahead.