2017 Jobs for Tomorrow: Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions

The Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow - Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary year. Meeting Canada’s climate goals could generate millions of jobs in the building trades by 2050.

“Canada’s building trades’ professionals have a proud history of building the infrastructure, businesses and homes in this country,” said Bob Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “And, as we mark this milestone anniversary, this study shows the important and continuing role for our members as we transition to a low-carbon economy.” He continued, “This neither means nor implies the sudden end of the use of fossil fuels, but it does mean a shift in how fossil fuels are used and in what quantities.”

“If Canada is serious about meeting our climate commitments, we need to move faster in areas like renewable energy, green building construction, building retrofits, and transportation infrastructure,” said Columbia Institute’s Executive Director Charley Beresford. “Meeting our climate goals is good for the planet and good for the economy and job creation.”

  • Download the full report in English here.
  • Download the full report in French here.
  • Download the media backgrounder here.
  • Download the news release here.

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