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Online engagement results

Generation Energy is your opportunity to shape Canada’s energy future.

Through events, submissions, our idea forums, polls and quizzes, we’re hearing from you in many ways. This is where we’ll be reporting back on what we’ve heard:

1. Month Two: Scoreboard

In the first month, there were 953 quizzes completed, 6,829 users, 339 registered users who contributed, 324 polls, 62 ideas, 70 comments, 170 ratings

2. Your Energy Values - Final Results

The first poll was up for a total of 41 days, from April 21 to May 31. In total, we heard from 390 people. These results reflect the information collected from the voluntary participants and is not representative of the Canadian population.

Who were the participants?

Graph showing the break down of which province or territory the poll respondents are from
There were participants from every province and territory; the graph below provides a breakdown.

Canada is able to access a variety of sources to supply Canadians with the energy they need. If you were able to choose where the energy you use comes from, what mix of the following options would you choose (bioenergy, biogas, coal, geothermal, hydro, natural gas, nuclear, oil, solar, tidal/marine/ocean, wind)?

Poll participants chose a range of energy sources for Canada’s future energy mix. Here is an average of their picks:
Graph showing the ideal energy mix for Canada. This mix is made up of 5.5% biogas, 2.36% tidal/marine/ocean, 3.67% bioenergy, 6.46% coal, 19.40% geothermal, 10.85% nuclear, 6.89% wind, 6.98% oil, 15.5% through an increase in energy efficiency of current sources, 3.22% solar, 9.34% natural gas and 10% hydro.
 

What values do you think should guide the federal government in making decisions about Canada's energy future?

Ranking of guiding values the federal government should have when making decisions about Canada’s Energy Future. In order from most important to least important, the Canadian poll participants chose: ensuring energy is available and reliable, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing environmental impacts, ensuring energy is produced, transported and used safely, keeping energy affordable, contributing to Canada’s economy, climate change commitments and generating jobs.

Canadians' Energy Concerns

We asked:

  • How concerned are you about the cost and affordability of the energy you use every day (e.g. in your home, your vehicle)?
  • How concerned are you about the environmental impact of the energy we make and use in Canada?
  • How concerned are you about the reliability of the energy you use every day (e.g. electricity, home heating/cooling, fuels)?
This graph shows the spread of participants’ average rating of their energy concerns (cost and affordability, environmental concerns and reliability) broken down by the participants’ province, and an overall average rating for Canadian participants.

Please select what you think about the following quote:

“Action should be taken to reduce the environmental impact of energy and carbon pollution, even if it might mean industries and jobs changing in Canada.”

Participant responses (Strongly Agree, Somewhat Agree, Neutral, Somewhat Disagree or Strongly Disagree) broken down by province.

3. Ideas Forum – April 21 to June 23

You have been posting your ideas and comments about our shared energy future for the last month. You have told us how to save energy in our homes, posted about creating more incentives and rebates for Canadians who want to become energy-efficient and talked about improving our transportation infrastructure.

TRANSPORTATION

Some of your ideas for improving transportation infrastructure across Canada include increasing:

  • Incentives for using public transport
  • Improvements in public transport will increase urban energy efficiency
  • Uptake of electric vehicles through rebates
  • Electric vehicles use in government fleets to set an example

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT HOME

We’ve received excellent ideas for reducing energy usage at home and saving money:

  • Making green rooftops through using small solar photovoltaic panels and planting small gardens
  • Using all major appliances during off-peak hours
  • Moving your fridge a few inches away from the wall and always dusting it to reduce the energy used by the coils
  • Unplugging appliances when not in use to reduce standby power usage

INCENTIVIZATION

Many of you posted about incentives needed to help people become more energy efficient. For example:

  • More rebates for purchasing energy efficient products.
  • Tax incentives for people who are renovating their homes to be more energy efficient.
  • Accessible options to encourage people to travel in a more green and low carbon manner.

RENEWABLES

You cited solar energy as an important source of energy for the future, with its falling costs of production, ease of installation on roofs and access to the sun. You were also interested in seeing increased use of wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Other things that you have told us this month:

  • Canada should learn from energy efficiency programs in other countries
  • Simple and quick education and literacy materials on energy efficiency and climate change might help Canadians navigate through the immense amounts of available information

4. Events Summary

Officials from NRCan joined the Energy Council of Canada in welcoming 70 attendees from universities, energy companies, indigenous organizations, provincial governments, and utilities. Learn more.

Representatives from the Office of Energy Efficiency supported and engaged participants on Generation Energy in the Renewable Cities “Showcase Space” and during the event. Approximately 300 energy leaders, practitioners and champions from 105 different municipalities across 12 different countries and 22 provinces and states participated in a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable cities.

On May 26, Natural Resources Canada and the Sustainable Canada Dialogues academic network brought together 60 Canadians from academia, civil society, government, and the private sector to discuss Canada’s energy future. The conversation focused on Sustainable Canada Dialogue’s report: Re-energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low Carbon Future.Learn more.

On June 6, officials from Natural Resources Canada joined Positive Energy in welcoming roughly 30 participants from universities, energy companies, ENGOs, other government departments, Indigenous organizations and think tanks to a public confidence workshop for Generation Energy. Learn more.

On June 22, the Minister of Natural Resources Canada led a roundtable discussion on Atlantic Canada’s long-term energy future at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS with 15 participants including students, academics, Indigenous representatives, energy consultants, and civil society. Terry Hubbard, Director General, Petroleum Resources Branch, supported in facilitating the discussion.Learn more.