Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
The Minister of Natural Resources would like to thank the petitioner for the submission regarding a just transition for oil and gas workers.
The Government of Canada shares a commitment to supporting Canadian workers and communities during the global transition to a low-carbon economy. This includes helping affected Canadians prepare for, find, and act upon new opportunities for sustainable employment in a clean-energy future. For example, the government has announced new investments made in Budgets 2018 and 2019 to ensure no one is left behind as Canada phases out coal-fired electricity generation across the country. These investments include:
All of this is further captured in the Prime Minister’s mandate letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, including a specific request for the Minister and his department to work with other ministers and key partners to advance legislation that supports “the future and livelihood of workers and their communities in the transition to a low-carbon global economy.” As part of this, Natural Resources Canada is working closely with other government departments and relevant stakeholders – including Employment and Social Development Canada; Labour; Environment and Climate Change Canada; and Regional Development Agencies – to ensure the government delivers on this commitment. These efforts will include building on recommendations from the Just Transition Task Force, as well as lessons learned from the phasing out of coal-fired electricity.
In addition, the Government of Canada is exploring how best to ensure that oil and gas workers and their communities share in the jobs and opportunities that will come from increased investments in sustainable energy sources, clean energy technologies, and infrastructure. This includes making sure that affected workers have the right tools and skill sets for tomorrow’s good, well-paying jobs so that no one is left behind in the global energy transition.
COVID-19 and the recent collapse of the price of oil have fundamentally altered the speed and trajectory of the measures required to support energy sector workers as they transition to work in the low carbon economy. The pandemic has changed the world, but not the government’s resolve to advance the transition to a clean energy future, including continuing to strive towards achieving net zero by 2050.
The federal government is rolling out unprecedented measures to support workers and businesses in the energy sector impacted by COVID-19, including:
The Government of Canada has also recently launched a new Industry Strategy Council as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on business. It will help government to better understand the challenges some sectors are facing as it pivots towards a recovery and a more sustainable future.
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