OTTAWA – The federal government announced on Sept. 3 it is putting $3,633,417 to three different energy transition projects in Alberta.
Federal minister of innovation, science and economic development Navdeep Bains said the funding will come from the Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI) and will apply to two communities and one labour organization.
Hanna Learning Centre in Hanna, Alberta will receive $693,500 to establish a business hub, The County of Paintearth No. 18 will receive $2,739,917 to support business ecosystem development and hire transition staff in east-central Alberta, and United Steel Workers ASM #1595 will get $200,000 to hire a transition coordinator to help laid-off coal industry workers in Wabamun, Alta.
“Canadians understand the importance of rising to the challenge of climate change. Today’s investments are empowering workers and communities to prepare for, find, and act on new opportunities as Canada makes a gradual transition away from the use of coal-fired power,” Bains said.
“Our government recognizes the importance of a just and fair transition to support workers and communities in Alberta. These projects help build resilience to a changing climate by supporting business development and re-employment initiatives, creating new economic growth opportunities and well-paying jobs,” federal minister of natural resources Amarjeet Sohi added.
In Budget 2018, the federal government committed #5 million over five years to support communities affected by phasing out coal-fired electricity.