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April 15, 2024

Canada introduces groundbreaking Sustainable Jobs Bill to drive green transition

After extensive consultation and overcoming opposition, the Canadian government has unveiled a groundbreaking Sustainable Jobs Bill aimed at facilitating the transition to a greener economy. This long-awaited legislation seeks to equip workers with the necessary skills for new roles in a future characterized by sustainability, while also attracting significant investments.

Recognizing the need for Canada, as the fourth-largest oil producer and sixth-largest natural gas producer globally, to address climate change, the government has set ambitious targets. By 2030, Canada aims to achieve a reduction in emissions between 40 percent and 45 percent, ultimately reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party government anticipates that the Sustainable Jobs Bill will play a crucial role in achieving these targets. The legislation’s primary objectives include the training of workers to meet the demands of a burgeoning green economy and stimulating billions of dollars in investment by cultivating a skilled clean energy workforce.

In a statement released on Thursday, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson emphasized Canada’s commitment to becoming a leading supplier of clean energy and technology in a net-zero world. The Sustainable Jobs Bill builds upon Canada’s existing sustainable jobs plan, which was unveiled in February and is expected to be enacted into law in the near future.

Key provisions of the bill encompass the establishment of a partnership council, tasked with advising the government on job creation and supporting workers. Additionally, the legislation mandates the publication of an action plan every five years, ensuring a strategic and adaptive approach, while a sustainable jobs secretariat will be established to promote consistency and coordination across federal departments.

With the introduction of this groundbreaking legislation, Canada is taking a significant step towards realizing its vision of a sustainable and prosperous future, fostering innovation, and solidifying its position as a global leader in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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