Green Jobs: Is This the New "New Economy"?


On November 2 and 3 2009, the Public Policy Forum hosted a symposium on the issue of green jobs. In this time of economic recovery and concern over the environment, many Canadians see the green economy as a way to create new, environmentally friendly jobs and encourage a sustainable economic recovery. However, many questions remain about the creation of green jobs and the broader role of the green economy in Canada. This symposium was meant to provide some clarity.

The Public Policy Forum sought to raise awareness of this issue and present some of the most important considerations that arise when thinking about the growing impact of the green economy on the Canadian labour market. Described during the event as the “mother-of-all horizontal public policy challenges,” the symposium was not intended to produce a solution to climate change or a definitive policy on green jobs.