The End of "Mandatory Retirement" in Ontario?
The Ontario Progressive Conservative government has taken a significant step towards its promise to eliminate "mandatory retirement". This is a bit of a misnomer since Ontario does not have legislated mandatory retirement. Instead, the Human Rights Code defines the upper limit of "age" as 65 years with the effect that an employer may establish a retirement age of 65 years without running afoul of the "age" discrimination provisions of the Code. Other practical and legal issues may apply, such as, for example, the terms of a contract or collective agreement, but the Code, at least, should not interfere with the enforceability of the policy. On May 29, 2003 the govenment introduced Bill 68 . The Globe and Mail has an article entitled Tories Courting Seniors' Vote. The National Post has an interesting article (that pre-dates the introduction of the Bill) concluding that "a majority of business leaders think its time to abolish mandatory retirement".