We’re very excited to announce a new report, our new “Economic Impact Assessment of the Green Infrastructure Sector in Ontario”—a first-ever assessment of the full scope of the green infrastructure sector, commissioned by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) and funded by the Greenbelt Foundation, with additional financial support from Landscape Ontario, which highlights to what degree green infrastructure is an important contributor to Ontario’s economy.
The full scope and impact of Ontario’s vibrant green infrastructure sector has never been quantified—until now. From maintenance and landscape staff on the ground, to designers and engineers, nursery staff, manufacturers of equipment, and public administrators, the green infrastructure sector includes jobs with businesses and organizations at various scales across the province.
According to the report, green infrastructure generates $8.6 billion in gross output (revenues), $4.64 billion in direct gross domestic product (GDP), and directly employing approximately 84,400 people in 2018. Factoring in the indirect and induced impacts, Ontario’s green infrastructure sector was
responsible for more than 120,000 jobs and nearly $8.33 billion in GDP in 2018.
The green infrastructure sector includes six key sub-sectors: landscape horticulture and open spaces, natural heritage, parks, urban forests, green stormwater management, and green roofs and walls, as well as the cross sectoral support services that play essential roles across these sub-
sectors. The report includes an overview of the key trends and drivers impacting the sector, an assessment of the current (2018) size of the sector’s supply chain (including jobs, GDP, and revenues) as well as breakdowns for each sub-sector, and models the projected future growth potential of the sector to 2030.
To read the full report, visit: greeninfrastructureontario.org/gio-and-partner-resources/