Margaret Eaton is executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. Tom Zizys is a Toronto-based labour market analyst. His most recent report, Better Work: The Path to Good Jobs is Through Employers, was published by the Metcalf Foundation.
Your taxi driver is an internationally trained doctor, or engineer, or MBA. A stereotype, definitely. Unfortunately, one based in reality. But also one on its way out, just not for the reasons we would wish.
The labour market of today is already significantly different than the labour market of 10 years ago, and the labour market of tomorrow is poised for an even more dramatic transformation. Taxi drivers are currently under threat from Uber, with the greater threat of self-driving cars looming on the horizon.