Capacity Debate: How can a workforce be built to support Canada’s growing retrofit sector?
Date & Time
Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Lynne J Strickland

To start meeting the latest industry targets of 4 -5% annual retrofits, the industry must be transformed. To build out the capacity required to support the development of a mass retrofit industry requires a fundamental system change. This in turn would help to achieve the build out of the financing structure, supply chains, job creation, capacity and skill sets, and reduce material and labour costs.
Each side of the debate will have the opportunity to present their arguments for what is required from the sector in order to scale up and increase the pace of creating a mass retrofit industry and then the audience will be asked to submit their votes. This will be followed by a debate and questions from the audience. At the end of the debate, there will be a second opportunity to vote.

  • How can a workforce, including capacity and skill sets, be built to support this?
  • How will inflation and labour shortages impact wages and business costs?
  • Which projects are the right ones to group together and replicate to drive economies of scale and help the market to scale effectively? 
  • Which pressure points can be leveraged within the system?
  • What else is needed in terms of the key project partners (pre-fabrication, financing, and concierge services)?
  • Would the creation of a specialized contractor designation – a skilled tradesperson who is trained to deal with all the various elements of retrofits help to reduce decision-making complexities for owner/developers?
  • The Federal government has committed to NetZero emissions – what does this mean for the supply chain to be compliant?