The greening of the Midwestern Ontario economy is already underway as policy initiatives and environmental pressures have created new opportunities for business and social enterprise in the region. From a strategic planning perspective it is important to examine what this transition will mean for employment and education institutions in terms of workforce and training needs, as well as employment trends and skills requirements.
The Workforce System Framework for Green Jobs suggests a way for communities to work toward building a workforce within the green economy. The Framework identifies the foundational areas of the green economy: Policy Drivers, Transforming Industrial Sectors & Occupations, and Skill Changers. It also identifies operational issues, including roles and actions for community stakeholders such as Education & Training Institutions, Industry, Labour, Government and Employment services.