MONTREAL | TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE KANIEN’KEHÁ:KA FIRST NATION — The David Suzuki Foundation welcomes the passing of the Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50.

The Foundation made a series of recommendations for the act alongside Oxfam Canada and the National Association of Women and the Law.

Sabaa Khan, Climate Director and Director General for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, said:

“The world is rapidly shifting away from fossil fuels, and the Sustainable Jobs Act is essential legislation to ensure workers are protected here in Canada, and that they benefit from the global transition underway. This milestone must be celebrated despite its imperfections, particularly in light of the numerous obstacles posed by certain provinces. The real test begins as the federal government must now implement the act: It must deliver an ambitious action plan to prepare our workforce and communities for tomorrow’s fossil-free economy without leaving anyone behind.

“We have a unique opportunity to dismantle the fossil fuel industry’s long-standing and well-evidenced perpetuation of economic and health inequalities, and instead create equitable and decent work opportunities for all as we transition to renewable, clean energy sources.

“We’re disappointed to see the term ‘economic growth’ still included in this important legislation. Sustainable development — with a focus on intergenerational equity, not economic growth — must be the guiding principle as we shift away from fossil fuels.

“The climate crisis creates significant gendered impacts so we must see women, 2SLGBTQ+ people and other vulnerable populations on the Sustainable Jobs Partnership Council. There must also be representation from migrant worker organizations to ensure the full workforce is included.

“Alongside ensuring strong labour laws, we must ensure pollution from fossil fuels is restricted as much as possible to protect front-line communities.”

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