Building the Green Economy: Employment Effects of Green Energy Investments in Ontario

May 2009

This study shows that Ontario could create up to 90,000 jobs through investments in green energy and grid upgrades, if they adopt a more ambitious plan than the current Green Energy Act. Conducted by an expert in the economics of building a clean-energy economy and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the author finds that a total investment of $47.1 billion over 10 years would result in 90,000 jobs per year. By comparison, the Ontario Power Authority's plan, with investments totalling $18.6 billion over 10 years would result in the creation of 35,000 jobs per year.