Support for workers affected by coal phase out

Financial, employment and retraining supports for workers affected by the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in Alberta.


The Government of Canada has mandated the end of coal-fired electricity generation by Dec 31, 2029. This lines up closely with Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan.

We're offering a range of supports to ensure a meaningful transition for workers affected by the phase out, including financial, employment and retraining programs.

Financial support

We're preparing to offer financial support for workers affected by the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation through the Coal Workforce Transition Fund, so workers can continue to provide for their families as they prepare for new jobs or retirements.

We've asked the Government of Canada to immediately:

  • create new flexibility criteria in the federal Employment Insurance (EI) program that would allow workers to receive these income supports without reducing their EI payments
  • extend the current duration of EI benefits for affected coal workers

Financial support programs are also being developed to help workers who want to retrain in new careers and get certified through a university or college.

More information will be announced soon. Sign up for updates.

Onsite career counselling services

Career consultants will be available at each affected worksite to help workers determine their best options for future employment.

They will meet with workers one-on-one or in groups to develop individualized plans and lead workshops on how to:

  • develop a job-finding strategy
  • write an effective cover letter and resume
  • prepare for interviews

Counsellors can also help workers get training through government retraining programs.

Onsite transition to employment services

Employment service providers will be available to work directly with employees to share information and develop individualized plans.

These programs help workers identify existing skills and ways they can be transferred to new jobs. If workers lack skills, short-term skills development courses can be provided so they can gain the skills needed to get hired.

These programs are also available to unemployed Albertans throughout the province. View the Employment and Training Services Directory for more information.

First Nations training to employment

Partnerships are created with First Nations, Metis and Indigenous communities and organizations to develop projects that help Indigenous people gain essential skills so they can participate in the workforce.

Workforce adjustment service

Under the new workforce adjustment service, facilitators can be hired to help employers, workers and unions work together to develop unique transition strategies and determine:

  • what supports and services are needed from government and other organizations
  • how those supports should be tailored to meet specific needs of coal workers

A list of qualified facilitators available for hire is being prepared for companies and unions.

Worker adjustment committees

Facilitators can assist employers, employees and unions to establish a worker adjustment committee to develop a transition plan for their worksite using labour market information or commissioned regional labour market studies.

Each committee will have a unique set of actions or activities created by the people who will benefit from them, such as:

  • arranging specialized training
  • organizing career or job fairs
  • matching current job openings in the region with people

Support for employers

Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills. Employers choose who they want to train and the type of training offered.

Support for communities

Coal Community Transition Fund will help Alberta communities affected by the phase out of coal to undertake economic development initiatives that will support the transition away from reliance on coal-fired electricity generation.