Bloomberg via Getty Images These solar panels were photographed in 2017 in Sarnia, Ont. Canada’s clean energy job count is believed to be approaching 300,000, according to a new report. OTTAWA — Canada’s clean-energy sector is growing faster than the economy as a whole and is rivalling some of the more well known industries for jobs, a new report shows. Clean Energy Canada, a think-tank at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, is releasing a study Thursday it commissioned to try to paint the first real picture of an industry it feels nobody knows much about but that is critically important to the future both in terms of climate change and the economy. “Other countries actually keep this data and Canada doesn’t,” said executive director Merran Smith. People talk about the clean-technology sector often, but clean energy encompasses more than high-tech firms making hydrogen fuel cells and electric cars, said Smith. She said clean energy includes everything from the production and transmission of renewable electricity to transit workers and construction workers making buildings more energy-efficient. So a hydroelectric-dam operator, a bus driver, and the person who installs a high efficiency furnace would all be included in Clean Energy Canada’s […]

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