Helping workers and communities thrive in a net-zero carbon economy
Climate change is happening now, changing our communities and our economy. It has prompted a global economic shift. Canada’s future success hinges on our ability to compete in an increasingly green, low-carbon global economy. We want to work with partners to ensure that the transition to a net-zero economy is done in a way that creates new opportunities for Canadian workers and their communities – providing sustainable jobs for Canadians in every region.
The Canadians who built our current energy systems have the know-how and innovative ideas to create a prosperous, low-carbon future. That’s why we want to hear from you!
We want to hear from you
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Taking action now to combat climate change will not only help us achieve net-zero emissions, it will make our economy stronger and more competitive. This will allow us to take advantage of new markets, new supply chains and new opportunities for economic growth and job creation, for the benefit of all Canadians.
Send us your views on:
- People-centred just transition principles that put workers and communities at the centre of the government’s policy and decision-making processes on climate change action.
- An Advisory Body to provide the government with advice on regional and sectoral strategies that support workers and communities.
- Other aspects related to just transition – what’s working, what isn’t, and how do we move forward in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion as we move toward a low-carbon economy?
Canadians expect the government to work with workers, communities, and industry to ensure a just transition through the creation of sustainable jobs in every part of the country. We have heard from stakeholders and partners that one way of achieving this goal is through legislation that would protect and improve the well-being of workers and communities across the country.
We are accepting submissions until April 30, 2022.
How we are talking to Canadians
Roundtables with experts,
unions and industry
Meetings with provinces,
territories and Indigenous groups
Proposed programming and legislation will be guided by your feedback. We will publish a “What we heard” report once the consultations have concluded.
What does “just transition” mean?
The Paris Agreement on climate change called on signatories to take into account “the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities.”
Just transition involves:
- preparing the workforce to fully participate in the low-carbon economy while minimizing the impacts of labour market transitions;
- identifying and supporting inclusive economic opportunities for workers in their communities; and
- putting workers and their communities front and centre in discussions that affect their livelihoods.
We need a people-centred approach to our net-zero future, which includes supporting Canadians and equipping them with the skills and training they need to continue to thrive.
Just transition legislation presents an opportunity to build on the government’s existing efforts so that Canada’s transformation to a low-carbon future protects and improves the lives of workers and communities across the country.