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A new report from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) says a COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan centred on green buildings will create almost 1.5 million jobs across Canada by 2030. 

Entitled Canada’s Green Building Engine: Market Impact and Opportunities in a Critical Decade, the report notes that, “As of 2018, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the industry employed 462,150 direct full-time workers. That number is substantially higher than job counts in the natural-resource sectors that many have long considered pillars of the economy. For example, the green building sector employs almost 200,000 more Canadians than the oil and gas extraction, mining, and forestry sectors combined.”

In addition to creating 1.5 million jobs the analysis finds that a green building recovery will add $150 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2030, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 53 megatonnes compared with 2018 levels.

“This report offers a definitive look at Canada’s green building industry and far-reaching economic, environmental, and social benefits,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of CaGBC.

Read the executive summary

Download the full report

More info cagbc.org/greenrecover