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Race to the Front: Tracking pan-Canadian climate progress and where we go from here

Author: Erin Flanagan; Diane Zimmerman; Matt Horne; Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze
Date: September 2016
Resource Type: Report

Examines existing climate policies at the federal, provincial and territorial level, and outlines recommendations to Canada’s first ministers as they work to establish a national climate plan in 2016. For example, British Columbia’s low-carbon fuel standard, Alberta’s accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power, Ontario’s approach to buildings, and Quebec’s zero emissions vehicle target merits broader consideration across the country.

The Future of Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector: Innovation, Sustainable Solutions and Economic Opportunities

Author: Canada. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Natural Resources
Date: September 2016
Resource Type: Report

The report summarizes the comments from 33 witnesses who appeared before the Standing Committee of the House in 7 meetings, and makes recommendations, including: “1. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada continue to promote the benefits of investing in Canada’s Natural Resources sectors, including oil and gas, which shall include the continued encouragement of innovation, research and development.” And “2.The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work in collaboration with industry and the indigenous, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to develop the supporting infrastructure needed to create a favourable environment for natural resource development and transportation, and to deliver oil and gas products to strategic domestic and international markets.” The Dissenting Report from the Conservative members goes even further to support the fossil fuel industry, making 5 recommendations which include: “We strongly encourage the government not to impose any additional tax or regulation on the oil and gas sector or the Canadian consumer that our continental trading partners and competitors do not have. This includes measuring the upstream greenhouse gas emissions from pipelines…” The Opinion statement by the New Democratic Party members of the Committee calls for speedy, permanent changes to the National Energy Board assessment process, and for the Government to honour its obligation for a Nation to Nation relationship with Indigenous peoples, including proper consultation and accommodation on all energy projects and the protection of Indigenous rights. The NDP also states its support for the testimony of Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour, calling for support for value-added development of the oil and gas industry, “because these kinds of investments not only create jobs directly in upgrading, refining, and petrochemicals but also create other jobs”.

Greening Vehicle Manufacturing: Reducing the climate impact of producing vehicles in Canada

Author: Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW)
Date: October 2016
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This 4-page fact sheet establishes that the manufacture of vehicles results in a fraction of their GHG emissions: the majority of emissions is a result of driving . The factsheet outlines specific examples of steps to reduce GHG emissions across Canada’s auto plants, and refers to green collective bargaining clauses involving the CAW . Includes many references and suggestions for further reading.

Make Manufacturing Work: An Industrial Strategy for the 21st Century

Author: United Steelworkers Canada
Date: October 2016
Resource Type: Report

This policy statement deals mainly with the steel, forestry and auto sectors, and their trade position. Part 2 is devoted to “A green Industrial Strategy” and Just Transition. The report states: “Although addressing such environment-industry policy disconnects may displace some workers, clean energy investments, shifts in subsides and targeted tax incentives may increase the number of well-paid, equitable, unionized jobs, though only if it is an explicit goal of Canada’s manufacturing or industrial policy.” It makes recommendations for cleaner processes for each industry.

Just Transition of the workforce, and the creation of decent work and quality jobs. Technical Paper by the Secretariat

Author: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Date: November 2016
Resource Type: Report

“This technical paper provides an overview of the work undertaken under the Convention on a just transition of the workforce, and the creation of decent work and quality jobs (hereinafter referred to as just transition) in the context of the impact of the implementation of response measures. The paper also presents the general concept of just transition, including the drivers and objectives of such transitions, and then discusses the linkages between just transition and the impacts of the implementation of climate change mitigation policies. It also provides guidance on how to approach just transition at the national level. This technical paper draws upon relevant information contained in: (1) reports on the work of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures, as well as submissions, presentations and statements made by Parties and observer organizations during previous sessions of the Conference of the Parties and the subsidiary bodies from 2008 to 2015; (2) national inventory reports, national communications, biennial reports and biennial update reports submitted by Parties; (3) publications by experts, international organizations and research institutes; and (4) inputs from the International Labour Organization.”

Includes a 7 page bibliography. Highlights the work of the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change (ACW) project on page 40.

Canada’s Mid-Century Long-term Low Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy

Author: Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: November 2016
Resource Type: Report

The document, submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the COP22 meetings in Marakkesh “is not a blueprint for action, and it is not policy prescriptive. Rather, the report is meant to inform the conversation about how Canada can achieve a low-carbon economy.” The document summarizes a full range of the recent policy documents, and modelling analyses with various scenarios towards deep emissions reductions. It also states: “Working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples by supporting their on-going implementation of climate change initiatives will be key. Consultations with Indigenous communities must respect the constitutional, legal, and international obligations that Canada has for its Indigenous peoples”, and “ Canada will need to fundamentally transform all economic sectors, especially patterns of energy production and consumption. Over time, this requires major structural changes to the economy and the way people live, work, and consume.”

Evaluating government plans and actions to reduce GHG emissions in Canada : Provincial and territorial progress through October 2016

Author: Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
Date: November 2016
Resource Type: Working paper

Second in a series of three working papers describing and evaluating Canadian climate change policies.  Information is reported province by province.

Green Jobs for a Fair Future: 28th Constitutional Convention – Policy Paper

Author: Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Date: May 2017
Resource Type: Report

This 20 page policy document is the result of discussion at the CLC Constitutional convention in May 2017 in Toronto. It lays out detailed proposals and establishes a Climate Change Task Force to carry the initiatives forward until 2020, with extensive lobbying for policy changes at the federal government level. Proposals include expansion of Renewable energy, Transportation and Transit infrastructure, and labour market policies to promote a Just Transition for workers and communities who are affected by the shift from oil and gas to clean energy. The document also announces an initiative for the CLC and local labour councils to create and train a network of environmental representatives at the workplace level, based on the occupational health and safety model.

Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada

Author: Canada. Expert Panel for the Review of Environmental Assessment Processes
Date: March 2017
Resource Type: Report

This report is part of the larger review of environmental regulation, established by the Liberal government in June 2016. It incorporates a fundamental idea in its title: what is now “environmental assessment” should become “impact assessment”. The Panel recommends that an Impact Assessment Commission should be established as an independent, arm’s length government agency

Can Canada Expand Oil and Gas Production, Build Pipelines and Keep Its Climate Change Commitments?

Author: David Hughes
Date: June 2016
Resource Type: Report

Under the Paris Agreement, Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. This study assesses the consequences of several scenarios of expansion in the oil and gas sector in terms of the amount that the non–oil and gas sectors of the economy would need to reduce emissions to meet Canada’s Paris commitments. It finds Canada cannot meet its global climate commitments while at the same time ramping up oil and gas extraction and building new export pipelines.

The study also reviews existing pipeline and rail capacity for oil exports under the cap on oil sands emissions announced last year by the Alberta government (set at 100 million tonnes (Mt) per year) and finds Canada has enough capacity to handle the 45% increase in oil sand production this would entail. It also takes a close look at oil price trends, and finds that new pipelines with tidewater access are unlikely to confer a significant price premium, as is widely believed.

This is the first study released as part of the Corporate Mapping Project, a research and public engagement initiative investigating the power of the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada.

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