Labour Market Research Report

A Demographic Profile of the Canadian Environmental Workforce – March 2024

This report draws from a 2023 survey conducted among employers of green workers in the country and offers insights into Canada's environmental workforce and its needs over the next decade.

Canada needs a large and skilled environmental workforce to achieve its goal of sustainable economic growth. Our latest environmental labour market outlook report estimates that 7% of Canada’s workforce participated in or supported environmental protection, natural resource management or sustainability activities in 2023, and more than 480,000 new green workers will be required over the next decade.

Employers looking for skilled environmental workers report that labour and skill shortages are already impacting their organizations and expect greater challenges in the future. To find the workers they need, employers will need to explore all available sources of talent and encourage diversity in the workplace.

Our Demographic Profile of the Canadian Environmental Workforce report provides insights into Canada’s environmental workforce characteristics based on a 2023 survey of employers of green workers in Canada. The results highlight the opportunities to increase engagement with underrepresented groups. Harnessing this diverse talent will be crucial for Canada to pave the way for a successful green transition and a sustainable future.

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