A new report examines the potential impact that emerging technology may have on employment in the manufacturing sector in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

Released by the Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB / LEPC) – a non-profit organization funded by the federal and provincial governments – the publication is focused on gaining a better understanding of how technological advancements could shape employment prospects in the area.

It examines more than 30 emerging technologies – such as self-driving vehicles, 3-D printing, augmented/virtual reality, nanotechnology and drones – and ranks the potential impact they could have.

From the research carried out during the project, which included a comprehensive literature review and consultations with area employers, it seems unlikely that impending technological changes in manufacturing will have a drastic negative impact in the near future.

“Changes in the manufacturing industry are focused on incremental, nondisruptive, changes,” the report reads.

To download a copy of the report in English, click HERE.

To download a copy of the report in French, click HERE.