Jobs for Tomorrow: Starting Today

CBTU report projects 3.3 million construction jobs building a lower-carbon Canada between now and 2050. 


CBTU commission the landmark study Jobs for Tomorrow: Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions in 2017. The report explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and our job-growth potential as we build the infrastructure for a low-carbon economy. This includes everything from legacy nuclear and wind power to zero-emission buildings and rapid transit infrastructure. 

Fossil fuel use will continue, but how these fuels are used—and the quantities that are used—is changing. As that happens, there are strong opportunities for jobs between now and 2050 for Canada’s building trades professionals.


  • 3.3 million jobs is equivalent to building 5,540 Burnaby-class ferries, or 82 Hebron offshore oil projects.
  • The report estimates that building new infrastructure for a renewable electricity grid—including wind, hydroelectric, biomass, solar and geothermal sources, as well as maintaining legacy nuclear—will create over 1 million jobs. 
  • New urban transit infrastructure in Canadian cities—based on $150 billion of investment in light rail tracks, bridges, subway tunnels, bus lanes and stations—will generate almost 250,000 jobs.
  • Building smart cities with zero-emission buildings and district energy is expected to account for 2 million jobs.

Click here for the full report