Many retirees choose to return to the labor market to break isolation and go about their daily lives, but many are hesitant because of deductions imposed by governments.
Skill knows no age, and Monique Fortin proves it. At the age of 75, she has three jobs to her credit.
“I’m bored at home, I have to see people. If I don’t see people, I will die. I don’t want to die, so I’ll keep going until I’m a hundred years old,” she laughed.
The Almatoise works almost 50 hours a week. His days are divided between McDonald’s in Alma, Loto-Québec and the central restaurant.
“Everyone said to me: ‘Monique, don’t go there, what are you doing with young people!’ I said, ‘I’m going to learn,'” she said.
Mme Fortin was named Employee of the Month at the company last June.
Fined for working
However, returning to work after retirement comes with significant financial cutbacks, and Mme Fortin is not spared.
“I donate at least 40% of my salary. Inflation affects us greatly when we are not working. I only have a small pension, the minimum pension is $648. After that I have some income because I didn’t have a paying job. If I just don’t fall a husband with it, I can’t,” she explained.
And she’s not the only one
“What I deserve is just to say I’m given something. But I don’t do it for the money, I do it to be surrounded by people and to always be able to use the experience,” explains Taddeo Donato.
Many retirees would be willing to work hard to make up for the labor shortage. However, the financial cuts are a brake that is causing many retirees to back down.
“Sometimes I miss it, but working for nothing doesn’t bring me much,” Gaétan Grenon lamented.
“Let’s say people had the right to make $15,000 a year without being penalized by taxes or pensions. I’ve always liked selling shoes, the relationship with the customer. If I were selling shoes at around 8 p.m. a week, that would be fine,” says Bertrand Beaumont.
“Working is great in life to be able to pass on what you have learned to others. We’re playing golf at the moment,” said Jean Lajoie with humor.
“I know a lot of people who would like to work at least two or three days a week. I think the government has broken its promise. Legault will come to power? If he wants to come in, give us a tax credit! I’m asking for 25,000 tax credits. Everyone I’ve spoken to wants that. 25,000 in tax credits and I guarantee you there will be no more labor shortages!” claimed Monique Fortin.
The Saguenay-Le Fjord Chamber of Commerce recently published an open letter on the subject, supported by 20 co-signatories who are either entrepreneurs or managers of companies in the area. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce receives calls for help every day, because the region is not spared from the labor shortage.
82% of its members have also identified this issue as a major challenge for the coming year. Almost 50% difference to the following second edition. The statistics bear this out: last May, the unemployment rate in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean was 4%, while the number of vacancies rose from just over 3,000 to almost 6,000 in just under 2 years.
She has no doubt that the quickest way to address the labor shortage is to hire experienced workers, but the government has yet to relax certain administrative and tax regulations.
“When the government says it doesn’t matter what retirement income we have, instead of giving $500 to fight inflation, tell retirees we will allow them to return to work and give them a maximum of $15,000, for example will not penalize their pensions, I’m sure there are many retirees who would consider returning and that would help Quebec. It would also help those people fight inflation, which is important. If we are talking about 8-9-10% inflation, pension income does not increase by that magnitude,” explained Luc Boivin, one of the co-signers of the letter and General Manager of Fromagerie Boivin.