Government of Canada announces two new funding opportunities for sustainable jobs in the low-carbon economy

March 8, 2024              Edmonton, Alberta              Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s workforce is leading the transition toward a greener and more sustainable future. The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure that workers and employers in all regions of Canada have the skills and resources to thrive in the economy of today and tomorrow.

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, announced new funding opportunities to help employers, organizations, and unions train workers for jobs in the low-carbon economy. A call for proposals opens today under the new Sustainable Jobs Training Fund (SJTF) with an allocated investment of just over $99 million over four years. A second call for proposals will be launched in late June this year under the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy.

These two new funding streams will support tens of thousands of workers across the country with a range of training projects to upgrade or gain new skills for jobs in the low-carbon economy.The SJTF is a new targeted fund that will support a range of training projects over a four-year period. Not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities), and provincial or territorial governments are eligible to apply for funding under this call for proposals.

Eligible projects for the SJTF must focus on at least one of three areas—low-carbon energy and carbon management, green building and retrofits, and electric vehicle maintenance and charging infrastructure—to help workers develop the skills required to seize the opportunities in the low-carbon economy.

Organizations will have until May 15, 2024, to apply to for funding. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to submit their applications electronically on the Grants and Contributions Online Services(GCOS) portal. Creating a GCOS account is a one-time process that allows organizations to apply for various Employment and Social Development Canada funding opportunities in a secure web environment. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the SJTF webpage on Canada.ca.

In addition, the new Sustainable Jobs stream of the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy’s Union Training and Innovation Program is expected to open for applications for funding in the coming months, with an anticipated launch at the end of June this year. It will support unions in developing green skills training for workers in the trades. It is expected that 20,000 apprentices and journeypersons would benefit from this investment.

Today’s announcement is another step the Government is taking to grow Canada’s economy and create good and well-paying sustainable jobs for generations to come. Canada will continue to invest in innovative projects that encourage the creation of green jobs and support for workers and communities in the transition toward a net-zero emissions economy.

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