Canada’s Energy Efficiency Sector Is Poised to Add 36,000 Workers in 2019

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    CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#ECOCanadalt;/agt;–Canada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector directly employed
    an estimated 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 and is poised to grow by
    8.3% this year, creating over 36,000 jobs, according to a new report
    released today.

    These workers were employed across approximately 51,000 business
    establishments across six industries, specifically within Construction,
    Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Professional & Business Services,
    Utilities and Other Services. Together, these establishments generated
    $82.6 billion in revenue in 2018 and were generally optimistic about
    growth prospects in 2019.

    Energy efficiency is key to Canada’s transition to a clean energy
    future,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural
    Resources. “In addition to helping Canada meet its climate targets,
    energy efficiency boosts competitiveness, lowers costs for businesses
    and households and creates good, middle class jobs for all Canadians.”

    The Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada report (April 2019),
    released today by ECO Canada, is believed to be the first of its kind in
    Canada and offers a comprehensive breakdown of revenue, employment
    figures, hiring challenges and this year’s outlook by industry.
    Construction industry, by far the largest of the six, generated $37.6
    billion in estimated revenue and employed over 287,000 workers across
    39,000 establishments in 2018.

    With increasing revenue and job growth across the sector, the demand for
    qualified energy efficiency workers is high. Over 70% of employers who
    participated in the study reported experiencing difficulties hiring
    energy efficiency workers. The hiring challenges are particularly acute
    in the Construction industry, where 43% of the survey respondents stated
    it is “very difficult” to recruit workers. Lack of qualified workers was
    generally cited as a key reason for those hiring challenges.

    The study also revealed unique workforce characteristics that suggest
    significant opportunities exist for hiring new Canadians, young
    graduates, Indigenous persons and workers switching careers to narrow
    the growing labour and skills gap.

    “The labour market shortages can hinder the growth of the energy
    efficiency sector and stall the fight against climate change.
    Investments in workforce attraction and development including
    diversification will be key to addressing the growing skills gap,” said
    Kevin Nilsen, President and CEO, ECO Canada.

    Read the Energy
    Efficiency Employment in Canada
    report (April 2019).

    About this report

    The Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada April 2019 Report,
    prepared by ECO Canada presents energy efficiency workforce estimates
    within those establishments directly involved in the supply of energy
    efficiency goods and services, i.e., Construction, Manufacturing,
    Wholesale Trade, Professional & Business Services, Utilities and Other
    Services industries. The report is funded by Natural Resources Canada
    and the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.

    For over 20 years, ECO Canada has studied the environmental labour
    market and examined ways to improve access for new graduates and
    individuals entering mid-career. The data it collects provides insights
    on green career trends, from top jobs to skills gaps to high-growth


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