Canada’s energy-efficient buildings workforce: where are the gaps?
By Anthony Capkun
April 16, 2021 – “For Canada’s buildings to become more energy-efficient, there has to be a workforce that is able to meet the demands of that effort,” said Kevin Nilsen, president & CEO, ECO Canada.
Back in February, ECO Canada released a report on the opportunities and consequent gaps in the building sector as Canada works toward net zero emissions by 2050.
The report finds that Canada’s building sector workforce does not have the widespread experience or skills required to perform their roles in a manner that achieves energy efficiency goals. It also foresees increased demand for digital skills and literacy across select occupations, and stresses the importance of a “building-as-a-system” mindset.
Which, of course, begs numerous questions, such as: What is the workforce lacking? Who are we missing from the workforce equation? Who in the project life cycle is involved in all this?
For answers, we turn to ECO Canada’s labour market information manager, Geni Peters, who speaks with us about the report and some of its key findings.
To download the report, visit ECO Canada.