By Mark Rowlinson and Keith Brooks
Ontario’s climate plan will create jobs. Ontario needs to make sure that they are good jobs that go to people who need them most.
Ontario’s first cap-and-trade auction raised $472 million last month, which means that Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan has some funding. That plan includes an investment of between $1.9 and $2.7 billion over a five-year period in increasing the energy efficiency of Ontario’s buildings, which could create nearly 33,000 jobs.
These jobs can be good jobs that provide living wages, benefits plans, and career opportunities. The jobs can also provide career pathways for disadvantaged Ontarians who may have faced barriers to employment. But that won’t happen, unless the province commits to making it so.
In a new report titled Building an Ontario Green Jobs Strategy, we make some suggestions for how Ontario can make this vision a reality — where addressing climate change also helps alleviate social and economic inequity.
Mark Rowlinson is the Assistant to the Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers and the president of Blue Green Canada. Keith Brooks is the Programs Director at Environmental Defence and a Director of Blue Green Canada. They are also associated with the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change project as a Collaborating Researcher and Co-investigator, respectively.
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