“Making the transition away from coal and towards cleaner energy is necessary. It is good for our health, our environment, and our economy. However, helping coal workers and coal communities must be the priority in this transition. The Government of Canada will continue to support western Canadians who are affected by the phase out of coal, ensuring that they have the resources they need to build stronger, resilient communities and create new opportunities.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, MP for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
“Saskatchewan and Alberta’s coal workers, their families, and their communities are at the heart of the Government of Canada’s commitment for a just and fair transition to cleaner energy and a cleaner economy. These initiatives will enable new business opportunities that create well-paying, sustainable jobs.”
Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency)
“This coal transition funding from the federal government is appreciated. The funding will be used at the direction of the Economic Development Board through their strategic plan to help diversify and make economic opportunities for Estevan and area. With the approaching closures of units 4 and 5 at the Boundary Dam Power station, it is critical that we look at diversification and all opportunities for our community. We will continue to encourage the pursuit of carbon capture and other technologies, which will allow us to produce green energy moving forward.”
Roy Ludwig, Mayor, City of Estevan
“The Canada Coal Transition Initiative grant has been, and will continue to be, a valuable resource for our region. We anticipate a number of tangible outcomes that will help our region diversify and expand our economy in very difficult times, and we’d like to thank the federal government for its continued support. We’d also like to recognize the WD staff who have been an excellent partner in assisting us through the CCTI grant process; their guidance and support have been key in moving our initiatives forward.”
Brett Richards, President, Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation
In February 2018, the Government of Canada announced amendments to regulations to phase out traditional coal-fired electricity generation by 2030.
WD received $25 million in Budget 2018 to establish the CCTI, which helps impacted communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan transition their economies away from coal-fired electricity generation. Through this program, WD’s investments support capacity-building, entrepreneurship support, business start-up and expansion, and supply chain development.
Budget 2019 announced a further $105 million for WD to help address infrastructure needs in coal-affected communities.