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Have your say: creating good jobs, more opportunities with CleanBC

Press Release

Nov. 1, 2019

VICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to give input on the wide range of training and job opportunities driven by CleanBC.

Clean BC is the B.C. government’s plan to cut climate pollution and build a cleaner, brighter future.

“Building a cleaner B.C. will create good-paying, family supporting opportunities and jobs that will sustain our communities for future generations,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We want to hear from people, educators, businesses, First Nations and industry on what we can do to make sure there are pathways for people throughout our province to ensure they have the skills and training they need to build a sustainable economy.”

CleanBC aims to reduce climate pollution and boost energy-efficient solutions, while creating more jobs and opportunities for people throughout the province. British Columbians are encouraged to give their input on job opportunities and skills development needs as B.C. builds a cleaner economy.

“Together we can build a thriving, innovative economy that puts B.C. on the path to a cleaner, better future with new and rewarding job opportunities,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “As industry and businesses become more efficient, using cleaner energy, there will be changes to existing work as well as a need for new skills, which we must support through new education and training. We want to hear from people who have ideas about the kind of careers and skilled jobs they hope to see in our future as we transition to a low-carbon economy.”

Input gathered will inform the CleanBC job readiness plan, which will highlight the labour and workplace opportunities emerging from CleanBC and build a roadmap for the education, training and retraining needs required to support the growing demand for clean jobs and related skills.

Government will work with Indigenous partners, post-secondary institutions, industry representatives and stakeholders to implement the plan, train new workers and provide training opportunities to help current workers gain new skills.

People can provide feedback until Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. (Pacific time) in the following ways:

CleanBC sets a pathway to a stronger, brighter future by reducing carbon pollution and creating opportunities throughout the province. CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

Quick Facts:

CleanBC initiatives include:

  • launching a standard to make all new car sales zero-emission vehicles by 2040, with a supporting plan to make them more available, convenient and affordable;
  • reducing emissions from industry with targeted incentives;
  • reducing emissions from organic waste and diverting it from landfills;
  • improving fuel standards to cut carbon pollution and make air cleaner; and
  • improving standards for new construction and encouraging energy-saving improvements in homes and workplaces — making every new building “net-zero energy ready” by the year 2032.

Learn More:

For more information on CleanBC, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/

Contact:

Sean Leslie
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
[email protected]
250 356 8485

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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