Workforce Diversity Series
Taking initial steps to attract a diverse environmental workforce and to support an equitable and inclusive workplace in Canada requires information about current workforce diversity across the environmental labour sector.
To this end, these fact sheets, based on ECO Canada’s national survey of Canadian employers in early 2022, provide a profile of environmental workforce diversity across Canada.
Environmental Workforce Diversity, 2022
ECO Canada’s labour market research report, Environmental Labour Demand Outlook to 2025, identified that a convergence of market, regulatory, social, and technological factors will influence the number and type of environmental workers needed today and in the future. It forecasts 172,700 net environmental job openings by 2025 due to sector growth and retirements.
In addition, our 2021 labour market research report, National Environmental Workforce Strategy Framework, identified twelve priority actions to address Canada’s environmental labour talent needs and gaps. The common factor connecting these twelve priorities: workforce diversity.
To learn about diversity in Canada’s green workforce, ECO Canada launched a national survey of Canadian employers in early 2022. The goal of this survey was to create a picture of Canada’s green workforce characteristics to enhance employers’ understanding of the extent to which opportunities exist to increase diversity and encourage inclusion in an environmental workplace.
From January to March 2022, 737 employers representing over 376,600 employees across Canada participated in our survey. Our survey questionnaire asked demographic questions about employers’ green workers, who comprised 12%, or 45,000 employees across all companies surveyed.
Environmental Workforce Diversity factsheets present findings and observations on:
- Age Distribution
- Gender Distribution
- Indigenous persons, persons of a visible minority, persons with disabilities
- By Industry
See Scope, Methodology and Respondent Profile to review our survey’s approach.