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Canada’s Sustainable Jobs
CCXG Global Forum - Breakout Group C2 - Insights and
experiences with enablers for just transition pathways
September 13, 2023
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Action on just transition began with the coal phase-out
Canada is committed to support a just transition for coal workers and communities
• Created Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities
• JTTF travelled to affected regions to engage with workers and communities
• Delivered its final report in 2019 which included 10 recommendations
• $185 million allocated by the federal Government for affected communities
and economic regions
Canada is phasing out unabated coal-fired electricity and banning coal exports from Canada by 2030
Canada is applying lessons learned from the JTTF
approach and continues to consider its
recommendations in developing and implementing
its sustainable jobs approach
Canada and the United Kingdom co-lead the
Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), the first
and only government-led initiative seeking to
accelerate the global phase-out of emissions
from coal power
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A sustainable job can be
understood as any job that is
compatible with Canada’s path to a
net-zero emissions and climate
The term also reflects the concept
of decent, well-paying, high-
quality work and includes such
elements as fair income, job
security, social protection, and
What we mean by the term ‘sustainable jobs’
• The creation of a low-carbon economy will lead to new jobs and significant economic opportunities
for workers and communities.
• Canada is taking ambitious climate action across all sectors of the economy that depends on a
workforce equipped with the right skills and supports.
• A comprehensive, economy-wide, just transition plan is needed to guide action towards net-zero
emissions by 2050, delivered through Canada’s sustainable jobs approach.
Sustainable Jobs: an economy-wide approach to a just and
inclusive low-carbon transition
Sustainable jobs describes
Canada’s approach to a just
transition, with a broader focus on
the economic opportunities of a
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Objective: Advance economic prosperity and the creation of sustainable jobs, support workers in
every region of Canada, ensuring an inclusive and equitable transition.
Sustainable Jobs Plan for 2023-2025
1. Establish the Sustainable Jobs Secretariat
2. Create a Sustainable Jobs Partnership Council
3. Develop regional economic strategies through the
Regional Energy and Resource Tables
4. Introduce a sustainable jobs stream under the Union
Training and Innovation Program
5. Advance funding for skills development towards
6. Promote Indigenous-led solutions
7. Improve labour market data collection, tracking and
8. Motivate investors and draw in industry leadership to
9. Collaborate and lead on the global stage
10. Establish legislation that ensures ongoing engagement
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The Plan outlines key elements of new legislation
The Government of Canada introduced sustainable jobs legislation on June 15. Bill C-50, cited as the
Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act will:
Guiding principles will help to strengthen our collective efforts, increase engagement,
strengthen accountability, and ground government action in international best practice.
CREATE AN EXTERNAL
A tripartite-plus Sustainable Jobs Partnership Council, will provide advice to Government on
sustainable jobs measures and undertake meaningful engagement with Canadians.
PLANS ON A 5-YEAR
Establishment of a regular reporting cycle of Sustainable Jobs Action Plans will guide and
organize efforts to support workers in the economy of the future, in a transparent manner.
The Sustainable Jobs Secretariat will work across federal departments and agencies to ensure
coordinated action and ongoing engagement with key partners.
Requires a Responsible Minister to be designated with overall responsibility for the Act and
designate Specified Ministers whose portfolios require their substantive engagement and input.
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The Plan aims to advance key priorities and policies
Collaborative initiative, bringing federal, provincial and territorial
governments together with key partners, to advance economic
growth and ensure the creation of sustainable jobs.
Investing in Canada’s workforce through training and skills
development and working with partners (i.e., universities), to ensure
workers are set up to succeed in a net-zero emissions future.
Advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and enabling an
equitable, inclusive and sustainable future for all Canadians, including
through supporting Indigenous-owned clean energy projects.
Improve data collection, tracking, and analysis, such as on workforce
supply, demand and gaps, to help track the creation of sustainable
jobs across Canada.
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The Plan builds on actions to date, towards an Action Plan in 2025
• Support for coal workers and communities.
• Investments in skills development, climate action and a sustainable economy (over
CAD $120 billion).
• Consultations over two years with provinces and territories, Indigenous partners,
workers and unions, industry, environmental and civil society organizations and
interested Canadians informed Canada’s approach.
What we are building on
• Sustainable Jobs Plan for 2023-2025 advancing 10 key action areas to establish a
governance, engagement and accountability framework and legislation for long-
term, comprehensive and effective action.
Where we are
• Sustainable Job Action Plans every 5 years starting in 2025 to respond to the
evolving low-carbon economy and markets for sustainable jobs creation.
• Mechanisms to ensure ongoing dialogue with stakeholders and partners.
Where we are going