It is a bit ironic for government, both provincial and federal, to issue publications schooling the public on how not to discriminate through ageism when both have policies that cross the line.
Age discrimination is widespread with everything from the dismissal of a youth’s point of view being taken seriously to an elderly person being looked over for a job placement, or vise versa.
A document on the province’s website delves into the different aspects of ageism and how discriminating against people can be avoided.
Great advice, yet how many times do we see governments pitching in to help with wage subsidies or seasonal employment programs that are age specific.
The most prominent one this time of year is “if you are age 15 to 30 apply for this seasonal opportunity.”
Many of these positions are funded by government and they are the ones who put the stipulations in the applications.
But that just isn’t fair ball.
There is nothing wrong with the variety of skills training programs that allow people of different abilities to hone their skills or find a new employment path, but when it comes to funding age qualification shouldn’t play into it, especially in our seasonal economy where full-time employment is a pipe dream for many.
Whether you are 18 years of age or 50 plus if you are qualified to do a job it shouldn’t matter what year you were born.