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The just transition matters because we cannot reduce emissions and prevent the worst impacts of climate change unless we can guarantee a better life on the other side of that transformation.

Best Practices for a Just Transition in Vancouver report coverVancouver has long been a leader in climate action, and has secured notable successes in protecting workers — now is the time to bring those together. As Brian Kohler memorably stated in 1996: “The real choice is not jobs or environment. It is both or neither.”

This report features a high-level definition of what a just transition could mean for Vancouver. Read it for a jurisdictional overview of just transition practices, analysis of global case studies, context for impending labour transitions in two of the city’s highest-emitting sectors (transportation and buildings), and governance recommendations for the next steps forward in our region.

Authors: Vanessa Sun
Commissioned by: George Patrick Richard Benson, Manager, Economic Transformation

With editorial support by George Benson, Claire Campbell, Sonu Purhar and Ingrid Valou

Land Acknowledgement

The Vancouver Economic Commission respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Vancouver Economic Commission