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Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Climate Progress

Between 2009 and 2013, employment in Canada’s clean energy sector increased by 37% — meaning it now supplies more jobs than the country’s infamous tar sands, according to the new report Tracking the Energy Revolution — by Clean Energy Canada, a climate think tank.

The report defines clean energy jobs as any work involved in the production of clean power; in the manufacture of the related equipment; in creating energy efficiency technology or services, like smart grids and building energy savings; in infrastructure for green transpiration; and in biofuels.

All told, those sectors employed 23,700 people in Canada as of 2013, while the tar sands industry employed only 22,340.

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