Ensuring Workers and Communities Prosper As We Move to net-zero

Our goal is a future in which the energy workers and communities who built this country have even greater opportunities than they do today. Their skills and expertise are critical to building our net-zero future. They’re the ones who can, and will, lower emissions.

As we move towards a net zero future it is estimated that the growth in clean energy jobs will more than offset the declines in fossil fuel sectors. There will be opportunities for workers to install solar panels, drill for geothermal energy, or build carbon capture and storage projects. And a diverse and growing economy will create opportunities outside the energy sector, too.

We have to make sure that our workers have the training opportunities and support they need to take advantage of the changes that lie ahead. We are making the largest investment in training workers in Canadian history, with $1.7 billion to train and support workers across all sectors and all regions of the country. And we must take specific actions to help current oil and gas workers succeed, just as we have and will continue to invest in coal workers and communities, as we move away from coal-fired electricity by 2030.

A re-elected Liberal government will make sure energy workers and communities are at the heart of our approach to tackling climate change and building a prosperous net-zero economic future by:

  • Establishing a $2 billion Futures Fund for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador that will be designed in collaboration with local workers, unions, educational institutions, environmental groups, investors, and Indigenous peoples who know their communities best. We will support local and regional economic diversification and specific place-based strategies. Because we want to grow new job opportunities from the ground up and provide workers with the tools they need to succeed as we move to a net-zero future.
  • Moving forward with Just Transition Legislation, guided by the feedback we receive from workers, unions, Indigenous peoples, communities, and provinces and territories.
  • Creating more opportunities for women, LGBTQ2 and other underrepresented people in the energy sector. Because when we include everyone, we get the best.
  • Launching a Clean Jobs Training Centre to help industrial, skill and trade workers across sectors to upgrade or gain new skills to be on the leading edge of zero carbon industry.