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 sector.
- Business Type:
- Non-governmental organization (NGO)
- Industry Type:
- Environmental - Environmental Management
- Market Focus:
- Nationally (across the country)
- Year Founded:
- less than $1,000,000 US
ECO Canada is a not-for-profit organization that was first established in 1992 under the federal government’s Sector Council initiative.
Over the past 19 years, ECO Canada has grown into its own as an organization focused on supporting Canada’s environment industry by communicating with industry stakeholders, conducting research and creating the necessary resources required to address human resource needs in order to ensure the success of this dynamic sector.
ECO Canada is an industry-led human resources organization that:
- Develops programs that help individuals build meaningful environmental careers,
- Provides employers with resources to find and keep the best environmental professionals,
- Informs educators and governments of employment trends to ensure the ongoing prosperity of this growing sector.
To ensure an adequate supply of people with the demonstrated skills and knowledge required to meet the environmental human resource needs of the public and private sectors.
ECO Canada promises to build on the expertise it has developed over the past decade (and more) and continue to grow in both the services it provides and its responsiveness to its practitioner, employer, educator, and student clients.
There are a number of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as industry and academic communities who have supported ECO Canada over the years through funding and partnerships. In particular, ECO Canada would like to thank all those involved in the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.
ECO Canada is one of about 30 sector councils that were established with federal startup funding to bring employers, workers, educators, and governments together to address human resource challenges facing the Canadian economy.
The key objectives of ECO Canada and other sector councils are to:
- Implement national occupational standards for skills and training
- Promote employment opportunities via a highly skilled workforce
- Meet industry requirements for qualified practitioners
- Provide labour market projections and information on environmental sector trends for governments, educators, youth, and industry planners
- Improve the dialogue between industry and the academic community
- Address labour market entry problems and school-to-work transition difficulties encountered by youth