The context in which environmental assessments (EA) are conducted and regulated in Canada is becoming increasingly complex and influenced by business, political, social and technological trends. Adding to this complexity is the multi-year, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary framework of EAs, essentially engaging and drawing its workforce from organizations and individuals within primary industries, environmental consulting and engineering service companies, governments and responsible authorities, the public and others.
The purpose of this report is to provide greater clarity on EA roles and required skill sets in the Canadian workforce. It provides an overview of federal EA legislation and regulatory trends in Canada, the current EA sector workforce, and readily available economic measures in terms of projects, employment and revenue. It marks the first step in a process that ECO Canada intends to implement in supporting a sustainable, productive and trusted EA workforce.