Canada’s unions are welcoming the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, which received royal assent and became law.
This new law enshrines Canada’s commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It also provides a foundation to build on to ensure the country breaks its track record of having missed every climate target it has ever set.
“This law provides a path for Canada to reach its emissions targets, as well as setting milestone targets to make sure we stay on track. Now we must hold the government accountable for meeting those milestones,” said Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “A Just Transition for workers will be an important aspect in meeting these targets.”
After the initial bill was introduced in the House of Commons, CLC worked with environmental and other civil society allies to encourage all parties to work to strengthen the legislation.
The CLC has called for expanded public investment in renewable energy production, green building construction and public transportation, as well as skills training. These investments would lead to the large-scale creation of good jobs.
“Canada needs strong Just Transition measures to assist workers in resource communities and fossil fuel-dependent economies to access new job opportunities,” said Bruske. “These workers need assurances from the government that they will not be left behind, and we look forward to seeing specific legislation on a Just Transition in the near future.”
Canada’s unions are committed to addressing the climate emergency and will continue to advocate for aggressive solutions towards solving what remains the most serious threat to our current and future prosperity and well-being.
The CLC looks forward to the mandated legislative review of the bill in five years, when the government of the day can be held to account for the progress it has made.
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