Government of Canada invests in Just Transition for coal workers, communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta
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Transitioning from coal-fired power is an important step to protect our climate and creating a more sustainable economy. Such a change must be done in a just and fair way for Canadians affected by the move away from coal. Through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), the Government of Canada is investing $5,795,380 in 12 projects to strengthen communities affected by coal transition, enabling their residents to pursue meaningful careers and enjoy a high qualify of life for generations to come.
Canada Coal Transition Initiative projects supported by WD
Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation $1,490,000
This investment will help the Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation identify business opportunities, analyze labour potential and promote investment readiness in the Town of Hanna, the Village of Youngstown and Special Areas No. 2 – also known as the Cactus Corridor region – in southeast Alberta.
City of Estevan, Saskatchewan $350,000
Conduct an assessment of the region’s assets, enhance the city’s brand, and complete a marketing strategy and action plan.
City of Estevan, Saskatchewan $560,000
Funding to complete a feasibility study and assess the economics of a carbon capture natural gas facility in the Estevan area with Eight Rivers Capital.
City of Estevan, Saskatchewan $150,000
Funding for a feasibility study of short line rail in the region.
Town of Coronach, Saskatchewan $360,000
Enhance main street areas and business fronts in the nine communities of the Deep South Regional Partnership and area.
Town of Coronach, Saskatchewan $200,000
Develop a brand and innovative marketing and website to promote the Deep South Region of Saskatchewan.
Town of Coronach, Saskatchewan $400,000
Undertake an analysis of specific sectors for various economic development activities.
Rural Municipality of Estevan, Saskatchewan $350,000
Funding to develop economic and community strategies for rural municipalities in the Estevan region.
Southeast College $800,000
Establish a training program for heavy equipment operators at the college’s Estevan campus.
United Mineworkers of America Local 7606 $677,880
Establish a transition centre for coal workers in the Estevan and Coronach region.
Jean-Louis Légaré Regional Park Authority $177,500
Complete a strategic plan to develop potential tourism assets in the region near Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.
Sunrise Community Futures Development Corporation $280,000
Additional funding to support Sunrise Community Futures’ targeted business and community advisory services in southeast Saskatchewan. This project was original announced in September 2019.