Electric Vehicles Production: Towards New Careers and New Competencies

The demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing worldwide, and Canada has a chance to be a world leader in the sector. Countries including Canada are setting ambitious targets to transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) including EVs in pursuit of emission reduction and achieving net zero goals. Market and investment trends, both global and domestic, suggest an opportunity to maximize the value of Canada’s battery production supply chain and meet the growing demand for EVs.

In this context, ECO Canada just released its latest research findings on Canada’s Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain, as well as new competency profiles and an interactive tool to map career pathways. .

Did you know?

Canada is the only country in the Western Hemisphere with known reserves of all the raw materials necessary to manufacture EV batteries and has ample mining expertise and strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) credentials.

In the Canadian context, the emergence of the EV battery supply chain signifies a strategic opportunity to position the nation as a leader in clean energy innovation. However, Canada’s potential leading position is not solidified with the domestic EV battery supply chain facing significant gaps. Underscoring this potential is the need for a highly skilled and adaptable workforce. This sector profile provides a comprehensive overview of the Canadian EV battery supply chain with a focus on the workforce, exploring key trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the future of this burgeoning industry.

ECO Canada’s report, based on secondary research and stakeholder interviews, aims to shed light on the crucial role of human capital in driving forward the transition to electric mobility and ensuring a sustainable energy future for generations to come.

Report insights

  • The overview of national and global trends in the EV battery supply chain.
  • Identification of critical occupations and skills required in the sector.
  • Insights from EV sector employers regarding barriers, workforce demands, and hiring challenges.

These insights are crucial for policymakers, industry leaders, and environmental professionals, offering actionable data and strategic guidance to navigate the rapidly evolving EV industry landscape.

To access the full report, visit https://staging.eco.ca/new-reports/canadas-electric-vehicle-battery-supply-chain-sector-profile/

Career pathways in EV production demystified

Simultaneously with the publication of this report, ECO Canada’s research team has developed an interactive tool focused on career pathways in the EV Battery Supply Chain Sector. The objective is to help professionals and employers to gain a better understanding of each job level and category, illuminating the growth path for every position. This visual map of occupations highlights the interconnection between occupations sharing skills and knowledge that could be employed in either role, facilitating mobility within the job market, and in the EV Battery Supply Chain Sector in particular.  Discover the interactive map here: https://staging.eco.ca/ev-career-roles-graph/

New Competencies requirements revealed

Complementary to these two resources and considering the skills transition or new skills required for this industry, ECO Canada has also published new Competency Profiles for key occupations involved in Mining, Battery Production, EV Production, and Recycling & Recovery. Consult the Competency Profiles here: https://staging.eco.ca/research-and-resources/competency-profiles/


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