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Government of Canada supports Just Transition from coal-generated power in Saskatchewan and Alberta

$5.8 million for communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta to attract business, create jobs

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 25, 2020 – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Transitioning from coal-fired power is an important step to protect our climate and create a more sustainable economy. Such a change has to 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 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. 

Federal support helps communities in southeast Saskatchewan and Alberta’s Cactus Corridor region attract investment, expand local businesses and create jobs

 As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support affected workers and their communities, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada today announced $5.8 million in funding to support 12 economic development, training and career support initiatives in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

 The funding comes from the Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI), and includes:

  • Over $1 million to the City of Estevan for feasibility studies and marketing activities, including economic assessments of a carbon capture natural gas facility and short line rail;
  • $960,000 to projects led by the Town of Coronach to enhance main street areas and create a marketing strategy for communities in the Deep South Regional Partnership;
  • Nearly $1.5 million to the Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation to identify economic development opportunities and promote investment readiness in the region around Hanna and Youngstown Alberta;
  • $800,000 to Southeast College to establish a heavy equipment operator training program at its Estevan campus; and
  • $677,880 to the United Mineworkers of America Local 7606 to establish a transition centre for coal workers in the Estevan and Coronach region.

Budget 2018 earmarked $35 million over five years for the CCTI to support skills development and economic diversification activities to help workers and communities adapt to Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

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