June 8, 2023 – CBC Radio: At the age of 70, James Kadri is still putting in the work at his local grocery store in Calgary. He’s worked there for 35 years, and relies on it and two other part-time jobs to make ends meet.
“If it wasn’t for the night job, I’d be broke or bankrupt, you know, and then where would I be,” Kadri told The Cost of Living.
“It’s been bad because, yes, inflation, there’s a lot of price hikes and everything, you know. So I’m careful how I spend my money.”
More than half of Canadians still in the workforce past the age of 60 are there by necessity, not choice, according to a Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada in 2022. It cited essential expenses and pension ineligibility as the primary reasons people continued working.
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