by Darah Hansen
Originally published: February 14, 2017
It used to be workers expected to retire from their jobs at 65, whether they wanted to or not.
Prior to the late 1990s, “mandatory retirement was the norm in Canada,” says Kenneth Thornicroft, a lawyer, author and professor of law and employment relations at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.
These days that’s no longer the case. Over the past two decades – due to a series of landmark court cases challenging what many saw as age discrimination under human rights legislation, and a large, active and politically powerful population of baby boomers bent on determining their own career fate – mandatory retirement has been abolished in all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.