Workforce Diversity Series
Taking the first step in the development of an equitable and inclusive environmental workforce in Canada requires an improved understanding of the current levels of diversity across the sector. To this end, these factsheets, based on a 2021 national HR survey of employers, look to provide a profile of diversity across the environmental workforce in Canada.
Environmental Workforce Diversity, 2021
Our latest Environmental Labour Demand Outlook to 2025 forecasts 172,700 net environmental job openings by 2025 as a result of both sector growth and retirement creating 74, 400, and 98,300 jobs respectively. Our 2021, National Workforce Strategy identified twelve solutions to help bridge the environmental talent gaps with recognition of the importance of increasing diversity among the workforce being present in several of them.
Increasing diversity across the environmental workforce will not only help to fill labour shortages; it will likely help the environmental sector’s continued growth. Studies continue to show that “the most diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform less diverse peers on profitability. (McKinsey & Company, 2020)
Our latest employer HR survey results, conducted January through to March 2021, have helped create a demographic profile of Canada’s growing environmental workforce.
Survey respondents were asked to provide demographic data about their environmental workers, with questions about age, gender, Indigenous identity, disability, and visible minority status.
The findings have been broken down into several factsheets, with a diversity snapshot providing an overview.
If you wish to know more about how this data was compiled, view our Scope, Methodology and Respondent Profile.