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.
These workers were employed across about 51,000 business establishments across six industries. 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.