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Funding for Alberta communities moving to low-carbon economy

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The Canadian government has announced its first investment of CAN$257 664 in the Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI), designed to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy.

This first round of funding is to be used to convert two existing office spaces into transition centres that will support entrepreneurship and employment services in Forestburg and Castor in east-central Alberta.

These economic transition centres will provide former coal miners, generating station workers and community members with new employment and business support, training programmes and entrepreneurial development services.

In February 2018 the Canadian government announced amendments to regulations to phase out traditional coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 and committed CAN$35 million over five years for skills development and economic diversification to support communities affected by the phase out of coal-fired electricity. Western Economic Diversification Canada and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will implement the Canada Coal Transition Initiative. The initiative will support communities and workers in the transition to a low-carbon economy in Alberta – which produces approximately 50% of its electricity from coal-fired electric generation – Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Navdeep Bains, Minister Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, said: "The transition to a low carbon economy is about ensuring we leave our kids with good jobs on a healthy planet. This is why the funding announced today is so important. It will help Albertans develop the skills they need today in order to succeed and have good quality jobs in our transitioning economy."

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