As governments look to stimulus investments in infrastructure as a vehicle for economic recovery, there is an opportunity to support Ontario’s workforce to ensure the building industry can help meet Canada’s climate goals and create jobs, with equity and inclusion at the forefront.
Workforce 2030 brings together a broad, cross-sectoral coalition of employers, educators, and workers in the building sector in a collaboration to fast-track workforce development.
Workforce 2030’s goal is to accelerate workforce capacity by collectively impacting government policy, business practices, and education. The Coalition is catalyzed by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
According to CaGBC research, government investment in a green recovery that prioritizes green building combined with progressive policy leadership could, by 2030, lead to over 600,000 direct green building jobs in Ontario and 1.5 million jobs nationally. The coalition suggests that the industry can play a critical role in Ontario’s recovery by getting people to work while helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, create healthier buildings, and improve resilience.
Buildings can significantly contribute to Canada’s efforts to reduce carbon, as they account for almost 30 per cent of the country’s GHG emissions when including operations, construction, and materials, says the coalition.
“Green building can create significant opportunity. The building industry is a proven cornerstone of economic recovery. If governments invest in a green recovery and undertake progressive policies that prioritize green building, the industry can quickly generate the jobs Ontarians need and transform cities and neighbourhoods for the better,” says Akua Schatz, Vice President of Market Engagement and Advocacy, Canada Green Building Council.
Workforce 2030 is funded by TAF and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. The coalition work is guided by a senior leadership group of foundational partners, through an Advisory Board.
Workforce 2030 Advisory Board of Foundational Partners:
- Julia Langer, CEO, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
- Akua Schatz, VP, Market Engagement and Advocacy, Canada Green Building Council
- John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council
- Roselle Martino, Vice President, Policy, Toronto Region Board of Trade
- Sandro Perruzza, CEO of Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
- Andrew Pariser, VP and expert in labour relations, Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON)
- Tony Cupido, Research Chair, Sustainability, Mohawk College and Board Member, Canada Green Building Council
- Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network
- Bala Gnanam, Vice President – Energy, Environment & Advocacy, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Toronto)
- Steven Martin, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353
- Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters District Council of Ontario
- Surabhi Jain, Executive Director, Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative
- Corey Diamond, Executive Director, Efficiency Canada
- Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry, Vice President, Professional Services, Eco Canada