Task Force on Coal Transition — May 2, 2018

Task Force on Coal Transition

May 2, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is informing residents that the Liberal Government has announced the members of the Just Transition Task Force, which will provide advice on how to make the transition away from coal a fair one for workers and communities.

The terms of reference for the Just Transition Task Force were published in February 2018, along with updated regulations accelerating the phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity, by 2030.

The Task Force will be co-chaired by the President of the Canadian Labour Congress and the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. In total, the Task Force has eleven members, including a Leduc County Councillor, Rick Smith. Seven members were nominated by the Canadian Labour Congress, Unifor, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Four members were selected for their expertise in sustainable development, workforce development, and the electricity sector.

Their work will include meeting with communities, workers, and other stakeholders. Its members will make site visits to coal plants and communities that will be affected by the accelerated phase-out of coal power in Canada. Their mandate is to make recommendations to the federal government, by the end of 2018, on how to help workers and communities identify economic opportunities for the future, seize those opportunities, and minimize impacts in the transition away from coal power.

“While I am glad to see the Liberal Government consulting workers and communities, this should have been done before any decision was made to accelerate the phase-out of coal power. I hope the Task Force will identify meaningful solutions to transition communities and help workers acquire the skills they will need to find new jobs,” concluded MP Eglinski.

For more information and a complete list of Task Force members, visit: www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/task-force-just-transition.html

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