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For over two decades, we’ve worked with policy makers, industry leaders, employers, and professionals to study the Canadian environmental labour market.
Our findings help inform the decisions made by governments, industry planners, educators and future and current environmental professionals.
Our labour market research is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives program and adheres to strict research guidelines.
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Environmental Employment Analysis
Our new series of quarterly reports give you a complete picture on employment trends so that you can learn which environmental sectors are currently hiring and what kind of skills they’re looking for. Learn more:
New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment
ECO Canada is examining new ways of measuring environmental employment. Learn more about goods and services, job hiring trends and preliminary exploration of supply and demand.
Note: The total number of core environmental workers is current. ECO Canada is using the numbers provided in the New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment to describe the workforce.
- Job Posting Analysis (Preliminary Findings)
- Supply and Demand (Preliminary Findings)
- Environmental Goods and Services (Preliminary Findings)
- Summary Analysis
Environmental Career Choice & Planning
Plan your ideal environmental career path with detailed info on the top employers, skills requirements, and available jobs in different environmental sub-sectors.
Note: The total number of core environmental workers is updated. Please refer to the New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment report to find the current numbers.
Career pathways, trends and key findings in the Environmental Career Choice & Planning section remain accurate.
- Careers in Natural Resource Management (NEW)
- Careers in Fisheries and Wildlife (NEW)
- Careers in Waste Management (NEW)
- Careers in Selected Environmental Sub-Sectors (NEW)
- Careers in Sustainability
- Careers in Air Quality
- Careers in Site Assessment and Reclamation
- Careers in Energy
- Careers in Environmental Health and Safety
- Careers in Water Quality
- Careers in Environmental Professional Services
Snapshots of Environmental Career Choice
The snapshots below feature the key characteristics of the environmental workforce, and the future demand for workers. By viewing them together, you’ll gain a complete picture of the Canadian Environmental Workforce.
Note: The total number of core environmental workers is updated. Please refer to the New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment report to find the current numbers. Career pathways, trends and key findings in the snapshots listed below remain accurate.
- Canadian Environmental Workforce Snapshot (2015)
- Sustainability Snapshot
- Air Quality Snapshot
- Site Assessment & Reclamation Snapshot
- Energy Snapshot
- Environment Health and Safety Snapshot
- Water Quality Snapshot
- Natural Resource Management Snapshot
- Fisheries & Wildlife Snapshot
- Waste Management Snapshot
- Selected Environmental Sub-Sectors Snapshot
Canadian Environmental Employment
Explore the trends that define the overall demand for environmental workers in Canada.
- Canadian Environmental Sector Trends – Series
- Environmental Employment by Province – Based on 2013 data
- Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment – Series Updated (2017)
Green Economy and Green Jobs
Explore green employment opportunities and impacts of the green economy.
- The Green Jobs Map: Tracking Employment through Canada’s Green Economy – Series
- Defining the Green Economy
- Land Your Dream Green Job
Labour Supply Issues
Learn more about the issues that impact sources of environmental workers in Canada.
- Building Operator Scoping Study
- Municipal Water & Waste Management
- Solid Waste Management Labour Market Study
- Post-Secondary Environmental Education in Canada – Series
- Labour Mobility Between EU and Canada
- Labour Market Transition: A Remedy for Labour Shortages in the Environment
National Occupational Standards
Review our National Occupational Standards (NOS) to see how environmental employment is defined and measured.
HR Strategies & Management
Customize your HR strategy with these reports on building, motivating, and engaging your environmental team.
- Inspire Your Staff to Say I Love My Job
- HR Best Practices Report – Series
- Professional Engagement Study: What Motivates Environmental Employees?
- Aboriginal Recruitment Guide
- HR Insights for Employers
- Characteristics of Canadian Environmental Practitioners – Series
ECO Canada’s research is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program. The opinions and interpretations of all publications are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those held by the Government of Canada.
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