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Skills, diversity and community

As the energy sector becomes increasingly more diverse, a broad range of skills, knowledge and expertise are added, reflecting the diversity of our society. Further, energy plays a crucial role in the lives of all Canadians, and many communities in Canada are reliant on the prosperity of the energy sector. Canada is committed to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy and fostering a diverse and representative sector.

Learn more about Skills, diversity and community in the energy sector in Canada in Section 3 of the Energy Fact Book including:

Energy sector employment demographics

Energy affordability and household expenditures on energy

Energy reliant communities

Key facts

  • Women held 31% of energy sector jobs in 2019. In the energy sector women earned on average 91% of the hourly wage earned by men.
  • 5% of workers in the energy sector identified as Indigenous, 18% identified as members of a visible minority group and 29% identified as immigrants.
  • Overall, 6% of Canadian households spent 10% or more of their income on energy in 2019. When households spend 10% or more of their income on energy needs, this is referred to as energy poverty.
  • There are 300 communities across Canada that are at least moderately reliant on the energy sector. Of these communities, 79% are rural or remote.

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