A Just Transition in Canada AJust TransitioninCanada BACKGROUNDER January 2023
18 January 2023
In anticipation of a decline in fossil fuel production triggered by a shift in global demand and domestic climate action, workers in Canada's fossil fuel and other such carbon-intensive industries must be included in the decisions and given opportunities to move to sectors with a bright future in a thriving clean economy. [...] While the actual name of the legislation makes little difference to impacted workers and communities, it is important for Canada’s just transition legislation to respect the principles and rights enshrined in the concept of “just transition”. [...] ● Canada has also made domestic commitments and progress on just transition, including the commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity (2016), followed by the creation of the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities (2018), and the commitment to create just transition legislation and a clean jobs training centre (2019). [...] ● In April 2022, the Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development published an audit on just transition progress which found that “the federal government was not prepared to support a just transition to a low-carbon economy” and made recommendations on how to improve and advance the process. [...] Roadmap to a Canadian Just Transition: A pathway to a clean and inclusive economy ● Proposes guiding principles and a framework for a federal just transition act EDC.