Portrait of environmental and clean technology jobs in Canada, 2017

Release date: August 19, 2019
Infographic: Portrait of environmental and clean technology jobs in Canada, 2017
Description: Portrait of environmental and clean technology jobs in Canada, 2017

Portrait of environmental and clean technology jobs in Canada, 2017

What did Environmental and Clean Technology (ECT) jobs in Canada look like in 2017?

282 thousand jobs were linked to the production and delivery of ECT productsFootnote 1. They represented 1.6% of total jobs in Canada in 2017.

ECT worker characteristics: education, age and gender

Two-thirds of ECT jobs employed workers that have more than a high school education.

Education level distribution of ECT workers
Education level Percentage
High school diploma or less 34%
Trade certificate 17%
College diploma 25%
University degree or higher 24%

Indigenous workers were most likely to be represented in the 15 to 24 age group.

Age distribution of all ECT workers
Age group Percentage
15 to 24 years old 8.9%
25 to 34 years old 23.7%
35 to 44 years old 22.9%
45 to 54 years old 24.0%
55 years old and more 20.4%
Indigenous identity workers share of total
Age group Percentage
15 to 24 years old 6.5%
25 to 34 years old 5.1%
35 to 44 years old 4.6%
45 to 54 years old 4.5%
55 years old and more 3.5%

Jobs in the ECT sector were filled mainly by men.

Gender distribution of ECT workers
Gender Percentage
Male 71.8%
Female 28.2%

ECT job characteristics: wage and occupation

Average annual wage for ECT jobs was $74,895, higher than the national average of $53,600.

Average annual wage for ECT jobs per education level
Education level Wage (dollars)
High school diploma or less 57,813
Trade certificate 78,189
College diploma 77,671
University degree or higher 94,150
Average annual wage for all jobs per education level
Education level Wage (dollars)
High school diploma or less 38,900
Trade certificate 54,300
College diploma 52,600
University degree or higher 73,200

Average hourly wage for full-time jobs was $39.24 while it was $24.69 for part-time jobs.

Distribution Full-time/Part-time of ECT jobs
Status Percentage
Full-time 91.9%
Part-time 8.1%

Civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineer positions represented 3.4% of jobs in the ECT sector, while representing nearly 1% (0.8%) of all jobs in Canada.

The average annual wage of a civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineer in Canada was $102,254. For the ECT sector, the annual average salary of this profession was $112,067 for men, and $105,312 for women.

Source: Statistics Canada, table 36-10-0480-01 and special tabulation based on the 2017 Environmental and Clean Technology Products Economic Account, table 36-10-0411-01.

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