Environmental Employers in Canada Struggle
to Find and Keep Workers
Calgary, June 5, 2007 — Canada's
environmental employers can expect to find it harder to keep their
employees, according to a recent report by ECO Canada. The
Characteristics of Canadian Environmental Practitioners report
identifies the key characteristics and motivations of Canada's environmental
workers, which will be important to the ongoing success of the environmental
"ECO Canada's research shows no decrease in the need for people to do
environmental work in this country," said Grant Trump, President and CEO of
ECO Canada. "In fact, the need for people is increasing by leaps and bounds
as awareness about environmental issues grows along with the demand for
products and services. How employers respond to the needs of their employees
will be key to their success."
A major challenge facing employers is retention. According to the report, 72
percent of respondents had stayed five years or less with their previous
employer. In addition, 36 percent of respondents expected to leave their
current employer within the next five years. Only 10 percent expected to be
working in the same job in their current organization after five years.
"There is definitely a shortage of people to do environmental work across
the board," says Trump. "Employers need to examine their recruitment
strategies for the inclusion of Aboriginal workers, immigrants, and women to
fill the increasing gap. All three of these groups are currently
under-represented in the sector."
To download the report, please visit
and click on "Publications."
ECO Canada develops programs that help individuals build meaningful
environmental careers, provides employers with resources to find and keep
the best environmental practitioners, and informs educators and governments
of employment trends to ensure the ongoing prosperity of this growing
To read the Canadian government’s 2007 45 page report on Canadian
environmental jobs, please visit the link
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