University Graduation and Enrolment for Environment-related Programs 1999-2005
Employment in the environmental sector is expected to grow by 8.1% between 2006 and 2011. By 2011, there will be an estimated 573,000 individuals working in environmental positions.1 An understanding of the potential supply of labour that will result from this growth will help employers better plan their human resources in the coming years. Graduates of post-secondary institutions are an important potential source of employees for the burgeoning environmental sector. This report looks at the graduation trends for 20 university programs related to the sector. The data used for this study is from Statistics Canada’s Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS). This study is part of a broader research project pertaining to ECO Canada’s Environmental Labour Market (ELM) research. ELM research is aimed at improving our understanding of the demand for and supply of human resources in the environmental sector in Canada.