ECO Canada

When Supply does not Meet Demand (Contaminated Sites Report 2008)


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During the next few decades, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, as well as the private sector, will commit large sums of money to clean up contaminated sites across Canada. A combination of regulatory and economic drivers will keep the sector buoyant, resulting in a strong demand for labour to work on contaminated sites. Between 2004 and 2019, the federal government has committed up to $4 billion to clean up properties that it owns or that fall under federal responsibility. This includes more than 4,400 federal contaminated sites as well as 28,000 non-federal properties.

Stakeholders in this sector must include human capital in their plans to clean up contaminated sites. As part of Canada’s environmental sector, the contaminated sites sub-sector must ask itself: are we meeting future labour demands in this sector with people who have the appropriate skills?

ECO Canada’s previous study, Who Will Do The Cleanup? Canadian Labour Requirements for Remediation and Reclamation of Contaminated Sites, 2006-2009, conservatively estimated that 14,300 people would be needed to clean up 15,940 non-federal contaminated sites and 2,941 federal contaminated sites during a four-year period.

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