Pittsburgh – Young Canadians are integral to Canada’s present and future success — they are the leaders of today and tomorrow. Youth organizations in Canada are undertaking important work amplifying young voices and empowering the next generation of leaders to lead clean energy solutions across diverse communities in Canada.
Today at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $5.3-million investment from the federal government to Student Energy for a capacity-building project that will promote youth participation in Canada’s clean energy sector.
This investment includes $5 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program and $300,000 in previously announced funding through PrairiesCan’s Regional Innovation Ecosystems program stream.
The project entitled Enabling Youth and Indigenous Energy Solutions in Canada will promote youth and Indigenous solutions and meaningful participation in growing the clean energy sector by directly engaging over 15,000 youth aged 18 to 30 years old in programs delivering skills development and entrepreneurial training. The project will support clean energy development and adoption in communities across Canada, with a focus on underrepresented groups such as Indigenous communities and young women.
Student Energy, the McConnell Foundation, Suncor Energy, Rodan + Fields, North Family Foundation, Electricity HR Canada, the Trottier Family Foundation and the Government of Denmark are also contributing to this project, bringing the total investment to over $7.5 million.
Natural Resources Canada is focused on creating opportunities to ensure Indigenous peoples, communities, workers and businesses are meaningful participants in the transition to clean energy. Through working with Student Energy, we will continue to advance economic reconciliation while ensuring that Indigenous peoples are partners in Canada’s net-zero future.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting youth participation in Canada’s clean energy sector and collaborating with them on actionable solutions in an effort to harness individual and collective action to fight climate change and help Canada meet its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“In every region of the country and in every sector of our economy, young Canadians are driving climate action. The Government of Canada is pleased to support Student Energy, a world-leading, youth-led organization, in its work to advance the clean energy transition by inspiring and empowering young Canadians to action. The funding announced today will go toward critical skills development and training in the clean energy space, creating new opportunities for young people in communities across Canada.” –Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources