Trend in Canadian faculty delaying retirement

January 13, 2009

A number of institutions across Canada are reporting more and more faculty postponing retirement. For example, in 2007 and 2008, just 6 University of Western Ontario professors retired out of an estimated annual cohort of 30 to 40 faculty members turning 65. The phenomenon, driven in part by the economic downturn, is creating challenges for administration working with tightened budgets while trying to bring about faculty renewal. For schools at which the professoriate is relatively young, delayed retirements are not so much of a concern. University Affairs