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Environmental Labour Market Challenges and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead​


From Recession to Recovery: Environmental Labour Supply Outlook

Environmental investments and activities have intensified over the last decade, which have contributed to the substantial growth of green jobs in Canada. These shifts, along with demographic trends, present both opportunities and challenges for the sector and its workforce.  

Our research forecasts labour and skill shortages that could impede Canada’s ability to achieve its environmental objectives over the next decade. This report follows on from our Labour Demand Outlook which forecasts sizeable hiring demands across the environmental sector

Report Highlights

  • Post-secondary graduates are essential to reaching environmental goals across all industries. 
  • About 76% of environmental workers in 2019 held a postsecondary credential, compared to 63% of all workers across Canada
  • Environmental workers are often qualified to work in a number of different industry sectors
  • Employers will be challenged to find qualified and experienced green candidates for a number of critical occupations, specifically Life science professionals,  Mechanical engineers, Facility operation and maintenance managers, Landscape architects & Urban and land use planners, as well as Forest technologists and technicians & Conservation and fishery officers.

To address these shortfalls, collaboration among government, educational institutions, employers and workers will be required. Environment-specific knowledge and skills can be acquired through specialized post-secondary programs, work experience, or through continuous learning and professional development.

Download our report, using the form to the right, to learn about Canada’s environmental talent gaps.​

View Our Previous Outlook Reports​

What is Labour Market Information?

Labour market information (LMI) is data or intelligence about the workforce for the entire economy or a specific industry, region, or occupation. ECO Canada gathers and analyzes trends within the green economy to provide up-to-date, relevant, and credible information and insights on Canada’s environmental workforce. Environmental LMI guides decision making within organizations and individuals, helping:

  • Employers attract, develop and retain the best environmental talent
  • Individuals build meaningful careers
  • Governments develop or refine programs or policies
  • Educators and trainers prepare the workforce with the required knowledge and skills

Browse our research catalogue and career profiles to gain valuable insight into Canada’s environmental workforce!

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