The impacts of climate change on Canada are profound and far-reaching. Increasing heat waves and smog days, more severe floods, shrinking glaciers, permafrost thawing and drying of the Canadian interior will put strain not only on us, but the cities and infrastructure we rely on. In fact, from 2000 to 2015, the costs from extreme weather events in Canada were greater than in all previous years combined. The costs will only get worse, rising from $5 billion per year in 2020 to between $21 and $43 billion per year by 2050.
If we built $150 billion of urban transit infrastructure between now and 2050, we can create about 245,000 jobs.
If we invested in net-zero building retrofits and new green construction techniques for industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, we could create nearly 2 million jobs.
If we built small district energy systems in half of Canada’s cities with more than 100,000 people by 2050, we can create almost 22,000 construction jobs.
If we moved Canada to a power grid supply composed mainly of hydroelectric, new wind, solar, geothermal and tidal power, plus legacy nuclear, it would result in more than 1 million jobs by 2050.