The cover of Environmental Defence's submission on the draft Strategic Assessment of Climate Change

About The Submission:

A thriving economy that meets the challenges of climate change is possible, but we need to make sure workers and communities currently reliant on the fossil fuel industry are not left behind. Canada needs a robust legal framework to ensure the government works with affected parties to develop, implement and resource a plan that will ensure the transition is just.

This new report by ; Équiterre; Ecojustice and,IISD, published in partnership with Blue Green Canada and Environmental Defence makes recommendations for the development of just transition legislation here in Canada, based on best practices from around the world.

The report recommends the federal legislation:

– Establish just transition principles to put everyone on the same page
– Name a Minister of Just Transition and establish a dedicated entity within the federal government to implement the legislation
– Commit the government to publish a national just transition strategy, and update it every 5 years
– Commit the government to develop two mechanisms to enable just transition planning and implementation at the regional and sectoral level: just transition agencies and just transition agreements
– Create an independent advisory body to guide just transition planning in Canada

Canada’s just transition legislation and subsequent plans must advance nation-to-nation relationships and be grounded in social dialogue with social partners.


Download the submission (English)

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