Learn more about how the Generation Energy Council will help Canada transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy in the future.
We challenged Canadians to shape their energy future
On April 21, 2017, Canadians from coast to coast to coast joined a national dialogue on energy.
We asked the question: How do we meet Canada’s climate goals, create jobs and keep energy affordable?
Because of a changing climate and new tech, the way we make, move, and use energy needs to change. So six months ago, we asked Canadians a big question.
What does Canada’s energy future look like to you? To make a long story short, you responded. On our website you learned about our current energy system, submitted ideas/comments/ratings, and completed polls. You met with us in person in forums and workshops. You also talked with us on social media, and in polls through a mobile app. We heard from you all across the country. And responded you did! So thank you, for helping to shape Canada's energy future.
Canadians shared many ideas and opinions on their energy future:
Over six months, we hosted more than 60 engagement sessions. From one community to the next, we heard from Canadians from all walks of life.
You made your voice heard — with over 31,500 posts, replies, comments, shares and clicks.
Twitter: 13,000 retweets, replies, likes, comments and clickthroughs
Facebook: 6,075 likes, comments, shares and post clicks
LinkedIn – 3,973 clicks and interactions
Instagram – 2,411 likes, comments and views
…and so much more!
On October 11–12, 2017, in Winnipeg, 641 people attended the Generation Energy Forum.
Building on discussions with Canadians over the past six months, we brought experts, youth, industry, Indigenous peoples and government together to start taking steps to address Canadians’ energy ideas.
Experience moments from the forum:
You told us about your vision for the future of energy in Canada
Canadians identified their energy values
We heard from more than 350,000 Canadians through shared ideas, submissions, polls, quizzes and at events about their ideas on Canada’s energy future. Four themes emerged:
You told us that accessible, affordable electricity is a priority for all Canadians.
Enable access to energy in urban, rural and Indigenous communities
Assist Canadians in becoming energy independent
Assess socio-economic impacts of changes to energy industry
Share benefits from energy production
Provide incentives for energy efficiency and development of renewables
Improve reliability of Canada’s energy grid
You told us to lead by example, taking care of the natural resources we have and using them responsibly across the nation.
Lead in combating climate change globally
Invest in development of renewables
Establish standards for net-zero housing
Develop a Pan-Canadian energy strategy
Improve government relationships with Indigenous peoples at every step
Improve energy efficiency for citizens and industry
You told us to share our information widely and use that information to continue to make informed decisions.
Consolidate information sharing with the public on current energy sources and how they are consumed
Review existing energy subsidies and determine possible changes
Support science that facilitates clean energy research and development
Apply research for practical use in energy
You told us to think both big and small picture, to get everyone involved, and work together toward a stronger energy future for Canada.
Encourage federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous cooperation
Develop grid connections from coast to coast to coast
Learn how renewables work in other countries
Establish consistent energy costs and services across the country
Allow scientists to share information openly with counterparts
Use evidence-based science to inform decision-marking on energy
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