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What does the energy efficiency sector look like in Canada? 

By the end of 2019, the energy efficiency workforce is expected to grow by 8.3%, creating over 36,000 jobs. 

Six key industries in energy efficiency: 

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Wholesale Trade 
  • Professional and Business Services 
  • Utilities 
  • Other Services 

66% of all Canadian energy efficiency jobs in 2018 were in construction 

70% of energy efficiency employers reported having some difficulty in hiring suitable employees. A lack of qualified workers was one of the most-cited reasons.

What types of jobs are energy efficiency workers employed in? 

  • 42.9% in installation or repair  
  • 19.6% in management/professional roles 
  • 14.6% in administration 
  • 6.3% in sales
  • 6.7% in “other” roles 

The energy efficiency workforce is generally less diverse than the national workforce, with 18% of workers reported to be female and 2% reported to be Indigenous. The sector has a higher proportion of workers between 18 and 34 than the national average.  

Information courtesy of the 2019 report Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada by ECO Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental professionals and employers from coast to coast. ECO offers training, research, academic accreditation and career services. It provides Canada’s leading environmental certification for Environmental Professionals (EP®) and multiple employer wage subsidies programs. Discover how ECO Canada can support your environmental career at