Labour Force Market
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Electricity Sector Council have launched an initiative to examine the labour market trends and issues facing the Canadian solar industry, and to work with stakeholders to develop appropriate policies and programs. The Electricity Sector Council is assessing available labour market information as part of a three-year project to build a comprehensive database of human resources figures, trends and influences. CanSIA wants to ensure that appropriate education and training programs will be in place to support the industry in the years to come.
A study was performed to identify the main labour force trends in the Canadian solar industry over the next three years. The study involved a web-based survey of 91 companies in the Canadian solar industry. The survey results will be used by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Electricity Sector Council to work with stakeholders to develop appropriate policies and programs to ensure that Canada’s solar industry will be equipped with adequately qualified and trained human resources to sustain its growth.
Key Findings include:
- Solar companies anticipate a significant growth of 101% in the number of full-time equivalents to be employed by the end of 2011, despite the economic uncertainties that were starting to be experienced when the survey was conducted (October-November 2008).
- Some 41% of companies were experiencing labour shortages at the time of the survey, specifically in installation (75% of those experiencing shortages).
- By the end of 2011, 51% of companies expect to face shortages, once again in the area of installation (78%) followed by systems design and integration (51%), project management (40%), and engineering (40%).
- In terms of programs and policies suggested to mitigate the labour shortage, the inclusion of solar studies in the engineering and technical curricula of universities and colleges was highly recommended, as was a nationwide Canadian certification program of high standards for both photovoltaic and solar thermal installers. The introduction of an apprenticeship program for project management was another frequently-mentioned suggestion.
Click here to download the 2009 Labour Force Survey of the Canadian Solar Industry