The nearly 274,000 Canadians working in jobs deemed green—in cleantech, renewable energy, and the environment—now outnumber those directly employed in oil and gas extraction, according to estimates newly released by Statistics Canada.
“Nearly 274,000 Canadians had green jobs in 2016, according to new estimates released by the federal government’s statistical agency,” the National Observer reports. Earlier this year, PetroLMI, a division of Enform, a Calgary-based research firm, estimated direct employment in Canada’s oil and gas sector at the end of last year at 174,000 people.
“And, with an average annual salary of about C$92,000, including benefits, these Canadians are earning a lot more than the average worker, who makes about $59,000,” the Observer adds.
Green jobs account for only about 1.5% of Canada’s total employment, but they generate an outsized 3.1% of the country’s GDP—about $60 billion in 2016. However, employment growth in the sector has lagged the national average—rising only 4.5% in …