Gov­ern­ment of Canada sup­ports a just and fair coal en­ergy tran­si­tion for Al­berta

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Tran­si­tion­ing to a clean en­ergy econ­omy ben­e­fits our health, our com­mu­ni­ties, and our fu­ture pros­per­ity.

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the tran­si­tion is fair for work­ers and com­mu­ni­ties.

On Sept. 3, the Hon­ourable Navdeep Bains, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for West­ern Eco­nomic Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion Canada, an­nounced fund­ing of $3,633,417 through the Canada Coal Tran­si­tion Ini­tia­tive (CCTI) for two com­mu­ni­ties and one labour or­ga­ni­za­tion in Al­berta.

“Cana­di­ans un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ris­ing to the chal­lenge of cli­mate change. To­day’s in­vest­ments are em­pow­er­ing work­ers and com­mu­ni­ties to pre­pare for, find, and act on new op­por­tu­ni­ties as Canada makes a grad­ual tran­si­tion away from the use of coal-fired power,” stated Bains. Th­ese in­vest­ments in­clude:

• Hanna Learn­ing Cen­tre (HLC) will re­ceive $693,500 to es­tab­lish a busi­ness hub and concierge cen­tre for busi­ness in­quiries and en­trepreneur­ship sup­port.

• The County of Pain­tearth No. 18 will re­ceive $2,739,917 to sup­port busi­ness ecosys­tem devel­op­ment and hire tran­si­tion staff in east-cen­tral Al­berta.

• United Steel Work­ers ASM #1595 will re­ceive $200,000 to hire a tran­si­tion co­or­di­na­tor in Waba­mun, AB to sup­port laid-off coal in­dus­try work­ers.

Th­ese projects will sup­port busi­ness devel­op­ment and re-em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tives in Al­berta. The chal­lenge of cli­mate change re­quires Canada to tran­si­tion our econ­omy and, in par­tic­u­lar, our en­ergy sys­tem to one that is more sus­tain­able.

This is why, through Bud­get 2018, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada com­mit­ted $35 mil­lion over five years to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the phase out of coal-fired elec­tric­ity.

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