Green Building in Canada

Assessing the Market Impacts & Opportunities

A new CaGBC and Delphi Group report titled Green Building in Canada: Assessing the Market Impacts & Opportunities is detailing the wide economic impact that the green building industry has had in Canada over the past decade. This new report, sponsored by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), was designed to support accelerated market transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings and communities in Canada.

The Introduction and Executive Summary is available publically. Click here to read it now.

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The report, highlights many significant impacts and findings including:

  • Green building industry generated $23.45 billion in GDP which represents 297,890 full-time jobs in 2014. This is more jobs than Canada's oil and gas extraction, mining and forestry industries combined, which collectively employed approximately 270,450 workers in 2014.

  • Ontario and British Columbia have more green building jobs as a percent of their total labour force than any other areas of the country in 2014 – equal to 2.1 and 1.6 per cent respectively, due in part to greater market leadership, progressive building code requirements, provincial and municipal green building policies.

  • Companies active in the Construction and Trades segment accounted for the largest percentage (55 per cent) of green building employment and GDP in Canada, equal to approximately 164,445 jobs (approximately 13 per cent of Canada's total construction work force) and $13.13 billion dollars in GDP.

  • The market penetration of LEED certified buildings in Canada has been growing over the last decade, from 0.8 per cent across all asset classes for the period of 2004-2009, to a present rate of 10.7 per cent for all new construction floor space in 2014. Of these, 22 per cent all new commercial buildings, and approximately 30 per cent of all new institutional buildings constructed in Canada in 2014 were LEED certified.

Thank you to the Sponsor of this report: