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New funding to expand climate solution options

New funding will help build more pathways to opportunities in the net-zero economy for fossil fuel workers, Indigenous Peoples, and their communities.

Iron and Earth iconIron & Earth was founded in 2016 by fossil fuel workers in Fort McMurray facing the bust part of the boom and bust cycle. They wanted to ensure that workers leaving the traditional energy sector could apply their skill in new careers, while taking a significant step towards a net-zero economy.

With new funding available through the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program, we are keeping that founding vision for a sustainable energy transition in sight with an ambitious program over the next year.

Our goals through to March of 2024 include 2,000 plus participants to take part in our training and upskilling programs, more community engagement sessions across the country, and a revamped Climate Career Portal. These fully funded programs will benefit a range of workers, including those from Indigenous, under-served, and equity-deserving communities.
One of the unique features of our programs is the support for costs such as childcare or travel that might otherwise be a barrier to workers participation in training programs. We also offer access to training subsidies for both employees and employers.

The funding from the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program will help us expand these programs while offering maximum flexibility for communities and workers.

In part two of our conversation with Luisa Da Silva, Executive Director of Iron and Earth, we hear about her own transition from being a traditional energy worker in Fort McMurray to a career as a leader in the sustainability sector.
(In case you missed it, check Part 1 of our conversation with Luisa)

For more information about Iron & Earth’s training opportunities in clean energy contact us at [email protected] or 778-771-0852. If you already have the skills to make a career transition visit our Climate Career Portal where you can search a nation-wide jobs database, enroll in free one-on-one Mentorship, or build your own Climate Career Blueprint


The Renewable Conversations with Iron & Earth podcast is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

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Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.