Task force recommends feds earmark funds in budget for N.B. communities affected by coal phase-out

A recent report is calling on the federal government to include enough money in its budget to compensate workers in two New Brunswick who could lose their jobs when coal-fired electricity is phased out in 2030.

The 'Just Transition Task Force' report suggests workers at power plants in Belledune and Seaview, near Saint John, should receive EI benefits of up to 75 per cent of their income for two years, as well as an additional $20,000 per worker to find a new job or pursue additional education.

The report states the Belledune plant and Port of Belledune are key employers and economic drivers in the Chaleur Region.

The document's recommendations aim to ensure Canada bears costs associated with the eventual phase-out of coal-fired power.

(with files from the Telegraph Journal)