Universities support a sustainable future.
Anything less than an “A” grade when it comes to sustainability education could mean Canada fails to meet its net-zero targets.
Clean-energy jobs are growing fast, yet were lacking the skilled labour to fill them. Universities already offer many sustainability-focused degrees and programs, but we also need greater public investment in research and business participation in upskilling to meet this challenge head on.
Clean-energy jobs are growing
+3.4 %annual growth
Clean energy jobs are growing at an annual rate of +3.4% (2020-2030).
4xfaster than average
Clean-energy jobs are growing four times faster than the Canadian average.
Global skills gap for the net-zero economy
1/8workers possess needed skills
Only one in eight of workers worldwide possess the skills needed for a net-zero economy.
Universities offer sustainability education
328programs of study
328 dedicated sustainability and climate-focused programs of study are offered at 51 universities across Canada.
There are thousands of sustainability and climate-focused courses offered across all faculties.
Key success factors to reach net-zero
- Public investment in research
- Hands-on learning through co-ops, mentorship and living labs
- Collaboration among academia, government and industry on training
- Business involvement in upskilling
Benefits of investing in environmental sustainability
- Talent attraction
- Resilient workforce
- Enhanced Canadian economy