Buildings account for nearly one third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The province’s Climate Change Action Plan earmarks funding to reduce GHG emissions from buildings through retrofits and by making them more energy efficient. This funding is expected to create nearly 33,000 jobs over a five-year period.
But will these jobs provide living wages, benefits plans, and career opportunities? And will these jobs go to people who need them most?
Building An Ontario Green Jobs Strategy looks at the job creation opportunities that will arise from retrofitting Ontario’s buildings and making them more energy efficient. It offers a series of recommendations to the province to ensure it creates good jobs and career opportunities for people who face employment barriers or are otherwise disadvantaged and need these jobs the most.