Discover Labour Market Trends in the Environmental Sector

Canada’s environmental job market expanded in 2018 with 24,500 job ads online, reflecting an 8% increase from 2017

Environmental employment increased by 17% from 2016 to 2018 thanks to continued growth in Canada’s economy and industries employing environmental professionals such as Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Public Administration, and Construction.

At a provincial level, governments have been implementing climate change plans as part of their initiatives. For example, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Nova Scotia have recently implemented new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

All those initiatives encourage businesses to seek qualified environmental professionals to involve them in sustainability projects.

Our latest labour market trends indicate that:

  • The national unemployment rate fell from 6.3% in 2017 to 5.8% in 2018, the lowest annual rate since 1976.
  • Natural Resources Management was the area of practice that offered the most opportunities for environmental professionals. Employers in this field posted 8,300 job ads.
  • Alberta grew by 36% in 2018, and it’s one of the top regions seeking qualified workers.

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