Ottawa, June 20, 2023—Skilled talent shortages are expected to persist in the clean energy sector, particularly for mid and senior-level roles, driven by growing global demand for energy and Canada’s transition to net zero.

Recognizing the importance of clean energy for sustainable economic growth, ICTC’s latest report, Clean Energy and Pathways to Net-Zero: Jobs and Skills for Future Leaders, assesses the impact of clean energy initiatives on labour market needs in Canada’s energy sector.

The report provides an overview of current and future trends in Canada’s clean energy economy, including the relationship between Canada’s energy sector and GHG emissions across Canada’s various energy sources and the regional differences in Canada’s electricity mix.

Importantly, the report assesses the impact of Canada’s clean energy transition on the Canadian labour market. It details which occupations and skills are associated with different sources of clean energy and which jobs can be categorized as entry-level, high-growth, and in-demand.

The report also discusses the possibility of transitioning oil and gas workers into clean energy roles across various geographic regions and how educational institutions, government, and industry must work together to build and prepare the future energy workforce.

“The green transition hinges on breakthrough innovations enabled by advanced technologies and new business models. Talent will be at the centre of this transformation and will require an acute focus to build tomorrow’s sustainable economy.” —Namir Anani, ICTC President and CEO

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for-profit, national centre of expertise for strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy. Through trusted research, practical policy advice, and creative capacity-building programs, ICTC fosters globally competitive Canadian industries enabled by innovative and diverse digital talent. In partnership with an expansive network of industry leaders, academic partners, and policymakers from across Canada, ICTC has empowered a robust and inclusive digital economy for over 30 years.

To arrange an interview on this study or other media inquiries, please get in touch with Paul Stastny at @email or 403.351.0138 Ext. 823.

This study was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

A copy of the study can be accessed here.

A French-language press release of this report is here.