Port of Halifax releases report on building workforce capacity for a net zero future

October 6, 2023, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The workforce development team at the Port of Halifax has released its report on green skills for a net-zero economy. This is part of the Port of Halifax’s ongoing work to support the development of a capable and diverse workforce which also includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs, hackathons, workshops, and more. The report draws from contributions from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the innovation ecosystem established at The PIER.

“Building future capacity for an industry that is evolving towards greater sustainability is absolutely critical,” said Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development at the Port of Halifax and author of the report. “This study endeavors to understand and highlight the ‘green skills’ needed for a net-zero future, and the roles that industry, individuals, and government can play in building future capability.”

Many employers continue hiring from conventional cohorts who possess traditional skillsets and expect their workers to not only thrive in an ever-shifting industry, but to lead the way in navigating a green shift toward a net-zero economy. This report proposes an informed and thoughtful approach to building and curating a company’s workforce and contends that there is urgency to do so.

In addition, the report notes a positive outlook for emerging green skills; new federal, provincial, and industry initiatives are being launched to better understand and develop the green skills that will support the nation’s goal of building a net-zero economy.

To read the full report click here

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to increase the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, increase efficiency and identify future opportunities.


Emma Ross
Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
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