A recent report by some of Ontario’s workforce development agencies summarizes the employment and training opportunities for the green economy in the Greater Toronto area since the enactment of Ontario’s Green Energy Act in 2009. A major focus of the report was to assemble a comprehensive database of skill-building programs in the GTA, reflected in a 20-page list of programs. Ontario community colleges have introduced 35 new diploma courses relating to the greening employment industry, and there are more than 165 organizations (including NGO’s, labour unions and non-profits) which offer some 370 green skill building courses. The report also identifies the grants (at all three levels of government) and organizations which have provided both private and public funding for training initiatives. Tending Green Shoots is a joint publication of the Durham Region Local Training Board, Toronto Workforce Innovation Group, Peel Halton Workforce Development Group, and the Workforce Planning Board of York Region and Bradford West Gwillumbury.
Tending Green Shoots: Green Skillbuilding Programs in the GTA is available at:
The Toronto Workforce Innovation Group has published 5 reports on the green economy in the GTA since April 2012. They are all available at: