Support for workers affected by coal phase out
Financial, employment and retraining supports for workers affected by the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in Alberta can be found by clicking on this link
Jan. 16, 2018 update
From: EDT Minister Office
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 11:52 AM
Subject: Supporting Coal Communities
I would like to provide you with an update on our work to support coal communities. We have received recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Coal Communities and we are taking action in response – to make sure we have coal workers backs during this transition. In November, we announced a $40 million worker transition fund to provide income support to coal workers laid-off from thermal coal mines and power plants as they transition to retirement or re-employment. The Government of Alberta is also calling-on the federal government to immediately create new flexibility criteria in the federal Employment Insurance (EI) program that would allow workers to receive these income supports without reducing their EI payments – and to also extend the current duration of EI benefits for coal workers transitioning to new work or retirement. In addition to the fund, government will also provide workers:
- tuition vouchers to help cover costs related to post-secondary education, such as tuition, books and mandatory fees;
- third-party retraining programs that provide employment placement, job matching and options for work exposure; and
- access to a variety of professional certification courses.
Workers and their families can call 1-877-644-9992 on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., or visit https://www.alberta.ca/support-for-coal-workers.aspx for more information.
Additionally, we have put new programs in place to support communities through this transition, including the Coal Community Transition Fund, which provides funding for locally led projects that support regional economic development and contribute to diversification and sustainability.
We have also ensured coal communities continue to power our province, by securing exemptions from the federal government that will allow coal plants to continue operating past federally mandated end-dates by converting to natural gas.
My plan is to continue to update you as decisions are made and actions are taken. I encourage you to read more about these supports in the news release we issued in November.
Thank you for your continued engagement in supporting coal communities, worker and their families. We will continue our ongoing work with communities, other levels of government, companies and workers to phase out coal in a respectful way with a made-in-Alberta plan.
Economic Development and Trade