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Reducing diesel energy in rural and remote communities

Diesel generated energy

Remote communities not connected to the North American electricity grid rely on costly and greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting diesel generated electricity.

Energy efficiency and conservation measures can help to reduce overall demand for diesel and provide savings to communities. Local renewable energy such as wind, solar, hydro or biomass can replace diesel, reduce environmental and health impacts, and create local economic development opportunities.


Canada is home to hundreds of rural and remote communities

From the far edges

To the distant center

These communities are surrounded by the best of canada’s natural beauty

Many of them are off the grid, and rely on diesel generators

To light and heat their homes, and feed their families

We’re empowering these communities to transition to clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy that generate local jobs and community benefits

That's why we're making millions of dollars in funding available to interested communities in need and businesses with innovative technologies.

Be part of the solution.

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Find out which energy sources are used by rural and remote communities by visiting the Atlas of Canada - Remote Communities Energy Database.

”Remote communities . . . do not receive the benefits that 99 percent of the Canadian population take for granted, such as guaranteed, reliable and affordable electricity,” said Christopher Duschenes, Director, Centre for the North, The Conference Board of Canada. “They rely solely on locally generated electricity, which typically comes from diesel-powered generators. This limits the potential growth of these communities, results in high electricity costs and can have adverse environmental impacts.”

Government’s role

The federal government plans to make investments to maximize diesel and greenhouse gas reductions through the Pan-Canadian Framework (PCF) on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The PCF commits to reducing GHG emissions by supporting rural and remote communities in their transition toward more secure, affordable, clean energy. Two core programs will work directly with project proponents and communities:

A new website has been established for community members, businesses and other interested Canadians to help them find information on federal programming to reduce diesel use in rural and remote communities.

Reducing diesel dependence

Investing in clean energy solutions to reduce reliance on diesel is a small but vitally important link to energy security, reconciliation and self-determination for Indigenous people.

Funded projects could enable Indigenous communities to harness and use energy in a way that is more compatible with traditional values. These partnerships will help build stronger, positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

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