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

Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Jobs for Tomorrow - Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth. 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.”

This landmark study was originally released in August 2017. The October edition below includes revised employment projections.

The report

In the media

  • "Charley Beresford and Lee Loftus discuss the Jobs for Tomorrow report," Adapting Canadian Work, September 2017.
  • “Jobs for Tomorrow” study meshes with Canadian projections for new hydropower jobs and infrastructure,” HyrdoWorld.com, August 29, 2017.
  • “Green sector to employ millions of builders by 2050: report," Daily Commercial News, August 24, 2017.
  • Interview with Charley Beresford, Jill Bennett Show - CKNW, August 15, 2017.
  • “Construction sector can help build a greener Canadian economy,” Digital Journal, August 11, 2017.
  • Breakfast Television, August 11, 2017, 9:09 am: Find "BT News Continued: Aug 11: US President Donald Trump continues his war of words with North Korea" and then zoom into 3:47 to.4:38 for story.
  • “20M greener jobs on way if Canada goes carbon-neutral: B.C. report,” Vancouver and Toronto Metro, August 10, 2017.

For more information, please contact Helesia at hluke@columbiainstitute.ca

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