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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?

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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.

339,270+ Online Engagements

Canadians shared many ideas and opinions on their energy future:

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43 Engagement Sessions

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.

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31, 500+ Social Interactions

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!

1 Generation Energy Forum

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:

Access and Affordability

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

Responsibilities

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

Knowledge

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

Collaboration

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