On April 29, Eco Canada released a new report, Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada , stating that “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 the agency’s press release, this is the first report of its kind in Canada to offer a comprehensive breakdown of revenue, employment figures, and hiring challenges. One of the key takeaways of the report is highlighted in an article in The Energy Mix: “Energy Efficiency employs 436,000 Canadians – more than twice the total in oil and gas ”
Some highlights from Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada:
- Energy efficiency workers in 2018 were employed across approximately 51,000 business establishments across six industries: construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, professional and business services, utilities, and other services.
- Construction is by far the largest employer with 287,000 jobs across 39,000 establishments – 66% of the energy efficiency workforce. The next largest industry is wholesale trade, with 47,836 jobs (11%).
- Among the direct and permanent energy efficiency workforce across all industries, approximately 29% spent all their time, 27% spent most of their time, and 44% spent a portion of their time on energy efficiency activities.
- Just under one-fifth or 18% of workers were female, and 2% were Indigenous, (both figures lower than national workforce averages).
- Approximately 58% of energy efficiency workers were 35 or older.
- 42% of energy efficiency workers were between ages 18 and 34 (compared to 33% in the national workforce).
- Energy efficiency employment grew by almost 2.8% from 2017 to 2018, compared to 1.0% for all jobs nationally.
- At 2.3% of Canada’s economy, Canadian energy efficiency employment makes up a greater share of the economy than it does in the United States, at 1.9% .
The report is a result of a comprehensive survey conducted in the Fall 2018 with 1,853 business establishments, and also relies on Statistics Canada data. It tracks the methodology of the United States Energy Employment Report (USEER), to make comparisons consistent. The research is funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.