International Partners

The Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) coordinates the Government of Canada's participation in international energy R&D.


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Generation IV International Forum

In 2001, ten countries, including Canada, initiated the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to collaboratively develop the next generation of nuclear energy systems that will provide competitively-priced and reliable energy in a safe and sustainable way. The Canadian National Program on Generation IV Energy Technologies funds and coordinates the nuclear research within Canada that will fulfill Canada's obligations under the GIF treaty.

The Office of Energy Research and Development leads the Gen IV Canadian National Program. For further information please contact OERD.

International Energy Agency

Canada's international energy R&D cooperation is mainly advanced through participation in the Committee for Energy Research and Technology, Working Parties and Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Established in 1974, the IEA facilitates the development and transfer of energy technologies which promote the energy security, environmental protection and economic development of its Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries.

IEA Implementing Agreements are frameworks which facilitate the initiation, implementation, monitoring and review of collaborative R&D.

Canada currently participates in each of the five IEA Working Parties and in 31 of 40 Implementing Agreements. Canadian organizations wishing to participate in any of these agreements should contact OERD.

European Union

In 1995 the Government of Canada signed the Canada-European Union Agreement for Scientific and Technological Co-operation with the European Union, covering a range of S&T including energy. This Agreement gives Canadian companies, universities and research institutes the opportunity to join with European partners to prepare research proposals under the EU´s Framework Programmes for R&D. It allows Canadian researchers to participate in basic and applied research across many fields, including non-nuclear energy. Further information is available from the International Trade Canada web site.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Canada cooperates with Pacific Rim countries through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). APEC has a number of Working Groups one of which, the Energy Working Group, deals with broad energy issues. Working Groups are also sub-divided into Expert Groups. As a member of the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technology, OERD represents Canadian areas of interest, exchanges information and seeks opportunities for cooperation related to new and renewable energy S&T.

U.S. Department of Energy

Canada cooperates with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on energy research and development in the areas of fuel cells, fossil fuels, bioenergy, community systems and microgeneration, nuclear fission, and carbon sequestration. It participates in the following U.S.-led multi-lateral technology initiatives: