Canadian Green Retrofit Economy Study 

Project Backgrounder

Over $3.6 billion has been committed to finance energy efficiency and low carbon upgrades to large buildingsacross Canada to meet GHG emission reduction targets through building retrofits. It is a historically large investment that will require the green building workforce to more than triple by 2030 to meet the demand for sustainable building construction and renovation. To realize the opportunities that exist from this investment, The Delphi Group is working with the Canada Green Building Council to profile key pathways that will equip the green building ecosystem with insights into the workforce and supply chain needs across Canada’s Part 3 retrofit economy. These pathways will inform a larger green building industrial strategy.

The main objective of the Canadian Green Retrofit Economy study is to expand on existing research and establish supply-related enabling success factors for low-carbon and green building retrofit sector growth for Part 3 buildings in Canada. In addition to engaging key stakeholders through focus groups, workshops and key informant interviews, the Canadian Green Retrofit Economy Study will focus on the following key outputs to be completed by Q1 2022: 

  • Determine the workforce and supply chain opportunities presented by Canada’s Part 3 retrofit economy. 

  • Identify by Province / region the necessary occupations, skills, workforce qualifications, technologies, materials, and products. 

  • Provide insight on the commercial success factors to accelerate low-carbon building retrofits.

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This project is supported through funding from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, Ontario Construction Secretariat, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

With specific considerations for affordable housing retrofits, the archetypes of focus include: 

  • High rise residential 

  • Mid rise residential 

  • Low-rise multi-unit residential 

  • Office 

  • Retail 

  • Logistics 

  • Hospitality 

  • Mixed-Use 

Ben Clark 

Senior Consultant,

The Delphi Group

Akua Schatz 

VP Market Engagement and Strategy 

Canada Green Building Council 


Geographically, the study will collect data on enabling investment, develop skills readiness profiles, and evaluate supply chain capacity across BC, Alberta, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, and the Territories,

Scope of Work & Key Outputs

Project Funding Partners

Project Sponsors