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Climate Change & the Environment

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Animal Protection

Liberal

  • Introduce legislation to end cosmetic testing on animals as soon as 2023, & phase out toxicity testing on animals by 2035.
  • Work with partners to curb illegal wildlife trade & end ivory trade.
  • Introduce legislation to protect animals in captivity.
  • Ban the live export of horses for slaughter.
  • Work with our partners to help women & children fleeing violence to stay with their companion animals.

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Conservative

  • Ban puppy mills.
  • Ban cosmetic testing on animals.
  • Provide $10M/year to train judges & prosecutors on links between violence against animals & violence against people.
  • Increase cross-reporting between animal welfare & child welfare agencies.
  • Add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions.

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NDP

Curb the import & domestic trade of wild animals.
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Batteries

Liberal

  • Build an end-to-end, sustainable battery supply chain.
  • Launch a Canada-US Battery Alliance for stakeholders in both countries to identify shared priorities & environmental requirements that lead to an integrated, world-scale battery supply chain.

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Conservative

Support improved electric vehicle battery repurposing & recycling.

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Carbon Capture & Storage

Liberal

  • Continue planting 2 billion trees.
  • Restore & enhance more wetlands, grasslands, & peatlands to capture & store carbon.
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Conservative

  • Provide a tax credit for the deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technology in the energy sector and other industries that burn fossil fuels.
  • Invest in Direct Air Capture.
  • In total, invest $5 billion in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.
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Carbon Pricing

Liberal

  • Continue to increase the federal carbon price by $15/tonne each year, reaching $170/tonne by 2030.
  • Work with key trading partners, like the US & EU, to apply Border Carbon Adjustments on imports from countries with less action on climate change.

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Conservative

  • Remove the federal price on carbon.
  • Replace it with a Personal Low Carbon Savings Account, requiring people to pay into their PLCSA every time they fill up.
  • Start the PLCSA at $20/tonne, rising to $50/tonne.
  • People could withdraw from their PLCSA to spend on products to reduce their energy footprint, such as transit passes, green home retrofits, & electric vehicles.
  • Maintain Output Based Pricing.

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NDP

Continue to increase the federal carbon price by $15/tonne each year, reaching $170/tonne by 2030.

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Green

Increase the federal carbon price by $25/tonne each year until 2030.
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Coal

Liberal

Ban thermal coal exports from & through Canada no later than 2030.
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Green

Stop exporting US coal from Canadian ports.
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Conservation

Liberal

  • Establish 10 new national parks in the next 5 years & work w/ Indigenous communities on co-management agreements.
  • Work w/ partners to conserve 25% of lands & waters by 2025 & 30% by 2030.
  • Work to halt nature loss by 2030 w/ a full recovery by 2050.
  • Work w/ Indigenous peoples to support new Indigenous Guardians programs.
  • Build new urban national parks.
  • Establish a $50M BC Old Growth Nature Fund.

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Conservative

  • Protect 17% of Canada's land & water.
  • Work towards protecting 25%.
  • Restore funding for the National Wetland Conservation Fund & the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.
  • Invest an additional $3B between now & 2030 in natural climate solutions.

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NDP

  • Introduce an Environmental Bill of Rights.
  • Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Protect 30% of Canada's land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030.
  • Create a new Civilian Climate Corps to mobilise young people & create jobs supporting conservation efforts.
  • Launch a 10-year plan to reverse species loss.
  • Restrict trade of wild animals.
  • Expand the Indigenous Guardians Programme.

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Green

  • Support Indigenous-led protected & conservation areas.
  • Fund stewardship by Indigenous guardians.
  • Implement Canada's commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity & follow-up protocols.
  • Protect a minimum of 30% of freshwaters & lands by 2030 & 50% by 2050.
  • Modernise the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Create a national urban biodiversity regeneration strategy.

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Effects of Climate Change

Liberal

  • Support retrofits & upgrades to protect against extreme weather.
  • Develop flood maps for higher-risk areas in the next 3 years.
  • Create a low-cost national flood insurance programme.
  • Finalise the National Adaption Strategy by 2022.
  • Expand eligibility for CMHC deep home retrofits.
  • Create a Climate Adaption Home Rating Program.
  • Create a nation-wide flood ready information portal.

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Conservative

  • Appoint a national disaster resilience advisor to the Privy Council Office.
  • Implement a national action plan on floods, incl. a residential high risk flood insurance programme.
  • Implement a national climate adaption strategy, incl. addressing flood readiness w/ private sector solutions.
  • Consider mitigation & adaptation in infrastructure investments.
  • Invest $3 billion in natural climate solutions.

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NDP

  • Create a National Crisis Strategy to help communities plan for & respond to climate risks.
  • Create a new Climate Corps of young workers to respond to climate impacts.
  • Create an Office of Environmental Justice to address disproportionate impacts of pollution & loss of biodiversity on low-income, racialised, & other marginalised communities.
  • Expand funding for adaptation & disaster response.

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Green

  • Increase funding for the Disaster Mitigation & Adaptation Fund to support climate resilience projects, including wildfire mitigation, rehabilitation of storm water systems, & restoration of wetlands, shorelines, & other natural infrastructure.
  • Create an independent, scientific, non-partisan, diverse Climate Council to advise the government.

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Emissions Reductions Targets

Liberal

  • Implement the recently passed Net Zero Emissions Accountability Act.
  • Achieve a 40-45% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
  • Achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible and no later than 2050.
  • Set 5-year targets, & 2025 & 2030 milestones for emissions reductions from the oil & gas sector.
  • Require oil & gas companies to reduce methane emissions by 75% below 2012 levels by 2030.

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Conservative

Reduce targets to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
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NDP

  • Set a target to reduce emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Put in place carbon budgets.
  • Create a Climate Accountability Office.
  • Ensure government financial controls and Crown corporations are aligned with net-zero.
  • Appoint a Climate Emergency Committee of Cabinet.
  • Establish a Climate Emergency Secretariat in the PMO.

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Green

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% below 2005 levels by 2030, with clear, enforceable targets & timelines starting in 2023.
  • Achieve net-zero emissions as quickly as possible, with net-negative in 2050.
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Energy Efficient Buildings

Liberal

  • Provide grants of up to $5K for home retrofits & interest-free loans up to $40K for deep retrofits to improve a home's energy efficiency.
  • Launch a National Net-zero Emissions Building Strategy to get to net-zero emissions from buildings by 2050.
  • Invest $250M to help low-income Canadians get off home-heating oil.
  • Require EnerGuide labelling of homes at time-of-sale.

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Conservative

  • Provide a regulatory & financial framework to facilitate building retrofits, modelled after the SOFIAC programme in Quebec.
  • Provide extra benefits for buildings that complete their retrofits prior to 2030.
  • Develop a Net Zero Foundations program.
  • Work with provinces, territories, & utilities to implement a Residential Building Retrofit Initiative.

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NDP

  • Retrofit all buildings in Canada by 2050, beginning with retrofitting all buildings built before 2020 within the next 20 years.
  • Require large scale building retrofits in all sectors.
  • Provide low-interest loans to help people make home improvements for energy efficiency & air quality.
  • By 2025, require every new building to be net-zero.

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Green

  • Create & implement a national green retrofit of existing residential, commercial, institutional, & industrial buildings.
  • Support agencies & institutions to create programmes to carry out green retrofits in different areas & for different communities.
  • Update the national building code to require all new construction & major renovations to older buildings meet net-zero standards by 2030.

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Energy Grid

Liberal

Create a Pan-Canadian Grid Council to promote infrastructure investments, smart grids, grid integration, & electricity sector innovation.

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Conservative

  • Build a cleaner, more resilient electric grid.
  • Develop and expand smart grids.
  • Improve interties.
  • Increase the use of mass storage.
  • Develop & deploy new clean energy technology such as nuclear, hydrogen, & renewables.

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NDP

Establish a Canadian Climate Bank to support interested provinces to interconnect power grids and start using smart grid technology.

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Green

  • Build inter-ties to link existing provincial grids, creating a national energy corridor for green renewable energy.
  • Implement a national, non-emitting electricity grid.

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Energy Sources

Liberal

  • Introduce a Clean Electricity Standard, with the goal of a 100% net-zero emitting electricity system by 2035.
  • Introduce investment tax credits for renewable energy & battery storage solutions.

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Conservative

  • Invest $1 billion in Small Modular Reactors.
  • Implement a hydrogen energy strategy to increase use of hydrogen, especially green hydrogen, and build export capacity.
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NDP

  • Set a target of net carbon-free electricity by 2030.
  • Set a target of 100% non-emitting electricity by 2040.
  • Establish a Canadian Climate Bank to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, & low-carbon tech, and support Canadian manufacturing of renewable energy components.
  • Support investments in community-owned clean energy projects.

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Green

  • Ensure 100% of Canadian electricity is produced from renewable sources by 2030.
  • Ban further development of nuclear power in Canada.
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Environmental Rights

Liberal

  • Pass a strengthened Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Recognise the right to a healthy environment in federal law.
  • Implement mandatory labelling of chemicals in consumer products.
  • Increase testing of imported products for compliance with Canadian standards.
  • Examine & develop a strategy to address the link between race, socio-economic status, & exposure to environmental risk.

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Green

  • Ensure the right to a healthy environment, enforceable in law.
  • Support swift passage of the proposed National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act.
  • Expand access to nearby nature, especially for racialised people & those facing systemic barriers.
  • Require labelling of chemicals & GMOs in consumer products.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Liberal

  • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies by 2023, instead of a previous commitment of 2025.
  • Develop a plan to phase-out public financing of the fossil fuel sector, including from crown corporations.

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NDP

  • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and redirect the funding to low carbon initiatives.
  • Place a legislative ban on any future oil, gas, and pipeline subsidies.
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Green

  • End all subsidies to the fossil fuel sector.
  • End leasing of federal lands for fossil fuel production and retire existing licenses.
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Freshwater

Liberal

  • Establish a Canada Water Agency in 2022, working with partners to protect freshwater resources, incl. by developing & updating river basin & large watershed agreements.
  • Modernise the Canada Water Act.
  • Implement a Freshwater Action Plan with $1B over 10 years.
  • Invest $37.5M in the Experimental Lakes Area.
  • Offer municipalities means to manage & regulate boating on their lakes & rivers.

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Conservative

  • Support the completion of the Canadian Wetland Inventory.
  • Provide funding for watershed protection.
  • Work with governments to end raw sewage dumping.
  • Reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.
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Green

Create a dedicated, long-term funding programme for water infrastructure.

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Green Innovation

Liberal

  • Develop an investment tax credit of up to 30% for a range of clean tech, including low-carbon & net-zero tech, with input from external experts.
  • Provide incentives for domestic procurement of clean tech.
  • Triple funding for clean tech on farms.
  • Partner with post-secondary institutions & Indigenous organisations to accelerate the creation & growth of Indigenous clean tech businesses.

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Conservative

Provide tax relief to the first 5 facilities that use new technology to meaningfully reduce emissions.

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NDP

  • Increase funding and incentives to clean tech research & manufacturing.
  • Introduce Buy Canadian government procurement policies for green tech.
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Green

  • Develop partnerships across disciplines with government, non-profit organisations, academic institutions, & industry.
  • Invest in research & necessary equipment, including the possibility of a shared climate super computer.
  • Establish a federally-funded $1B Green Venture Capital Fund to support viable local green business start-ups.
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Industrial Carbon Emissions

Liberal

  • Advance green industrial strategies.
  • Continue investing funds from the Net Zero Accelerator in strategic opportunities.
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Conservative

  • Tie Canada's industrial carbon price to the EU's & eventually the US's.
  • Potentially set industrial carbon prices on a path to $170/tonne by 2030.
  • Propose minimum North American standards for key industrial sectors.
  • Study imposing a carbon border tariff on goods imported from countries without compatible emissions reduction mechanisms.

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NDP

  • Place a carbon border adjustment tariff on imported products from areas without a carbon price.
  • Require large businesses receiving COVID recovery funding to agree to plan for net-zero.
  • Put in place joint workplace environment committees to help reduce emissions in every workplace.

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Green

  • Enact a Carbon Border Adjustment.
  • Continuously evaluate the impact of the Carbon Border Adjustment on developing countries through a lens of global environmental justice.

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Low-Carbon Manufacturing

Liberal

Advance green industrial strategies & continue investing funds from the Net Zero Accelerator in strategic opportunities.

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Conservative

Increase export of resources where Canada produces lower-pollution versions, including aluminum.

NDP

Work with governments, business, & labour to create a national industrial strategy for low-carbon manufacturing.
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Natural Gas & LNG

Conservative

  • Focus on exporting Liquefied Natural Gas.
  • Ensure new LNG facilities are electrified.
  • Require at least 15% of natural gas to come from renewable content by 2030.

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Pesticides

Liberal

  • Strengthen the Pest Control Products Act.
  • Invest in further government & independent science, including water & soil monitoring & on the cumulative effects of multiple pesticides on health & the environment.
  • Ensure the impacts on wildlife are fully considered.
  • Support food producers who choose alternative pest management approaches that reduce the need for chemical pesticides.

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Green

  • Set targets for reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture.
  • Assist farmers in moving to organic & regenerative farming.
  • Revive & expand the National Pesticides Monitoring & Surveillance Network.
  • Create an adverse effects reporting database for doctors & emergency rooms to track health impacts of pesticides & other chemicals.
  • Ban neonicotinoid pesticides.
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Project Impact Assessments

Conservative

  • Revert the changes to the Impact Assessment Act made under Bill C-69.
  • Create an accelerated Impact Assessment process.
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NDP

  • Overhaul the review process for major projects to ensure adequate time for public consultation.
  • Provide core funding to support Indigenous communities participating in review processes.

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Shipping & Marine Protection

Liberal

  • Establish 10 new marine conservation areas in the next 5 years.
  • Renew & expand the Coastal Restoration fund.
  • Modernise the Oceans Act to explicitly consider climate change impacts on marine ecosystems & species.
  • Expand the Ghost Gear Program to clean up oceans & coasts.
  • Invest $50M in community shoreline cleanup.
  • Create a national working group on climate-resilient ocean conservation planning.

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Conservative

Re-allow the shipping of oil and petroleum products on the North Coast of British Columbia by repealing Bill C-48.
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NDP

  • Expand marine protected areas.
  • Reduce emissions from shipping & fishing.
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Green

  • Include Indigenous Peoples in all aspects of marine protection site selection, management, & decision-making.
  • Commit permanent funding for marine conservation.
  • Support a ban on deep seabed mining until at least 2030.
  • Implement an Extended Producer Responsibility program for synthetic fishing gear.
  • Set zero-emissions targets for marine vessels by 2040 & ports & inland vessels by 2030.

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Sustainable Finance

Liberal

  • Move toward mandatory climate-related financial disclosures.
  • Require climate-related financial disclosures & development of net-zero plans for federally-regulated institutions.
  • Issue green bonds annually, worth at least $5B.
  • Develop a climate data strategy.
  • Work with financial experts through the Sustainable Action Council to develop a net-zero capital allocation strategy.

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Green

Require federal public investment funds, including the CPP Investment Board, to divest from fossil fuels.
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Toxic Substances

Green

  • Limit CEPA approval & use of toxic chemicals that affect human health & environment.
  • Regulate microfibres as a toxic substance under CEPA.
  • Ban all toxic ingredients in personal care products.

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Waste

Liberal

  • Require that plastic packaging contain 50% recycled content by 2030.
  • Work w/ provinces & territories on recycling targets for plastic bottles.
  • Prohibit using the ♲ symbol on a product unless 80% of recycling facilities accept it.
  • Require producers to report the amount, type, & end-of-life management of plastics.
  • Implement right-to-repair & encourage with a tax credit.
  • Create a No-Waste Food Fund.

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Conservative

Ban the export from Canada of plastic waste to be finally be disposed of in foreign countries.
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NDP

  • Immediately ban single-use plastics, while supporting transition of production facilities for single-use plastics to new products.
  • Ban the export of plastic waste.
  • Reduce electronic waste by expanding right-to-repair.
  • Develop a national food waste strategy.

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Green

  • Ban non-essential, single-use plastics by the end of the year.
  • Promote green procurement practices.
  • Promote sustainable waste management systems.
  • Promote a legally-binding global plastics agreement.
  • Ratify the Basel Ban Amendment.

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Wildfires

Liberal

  • Train 1,000 new community-based firefighters.
  • Work with provinces & territories to provide firefighters with needed equipment, including Canadian-made planes.
  • Support & expand Indigenous-led fire crews & build capacity to better incorporate Indigenous traditional knowledge strategies in fire management.

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Conservative

Invest in forest health and wildfire prevention & early detection.
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NDP

Make focused investments in forest management to reduce forest fire risk.

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Green

  • Create fire breaks & fire suppression.
  • Provide physical resources to deal with fires quickly.
  • Include fire mitigation subsidies to owners of rural properties, allowing them to better manage the health of their forests.
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Worker Transition

Liberal

  • Establish a $2B Futures Fund for Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Newfoundland & Labrador, design in collaboration with local workers, unions, educational institutions, environmental groups, investors, & Indigenous peoples.
  • Support local & regional economic diversification.
  • Move forward with Just Transition legislation.
  • Launch a Clean Jobs Training Centre to help workers upgrade or gain new skills.

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Green

  • Introduce a Just Transition Act before the end of 2021.
  • Plan for a fair transition of workers towards a decarbonised economy, that protects communities from displacement, & in which affected people are leading the preparation of their transition strategies.
  • Use wage insurance, retraining programmes, & early retirement plans.

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