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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. Poll Results

Our participants care a lot about: The environment,The number one reason our participants would purchase an electric vehicle. Energy Efficiency, On a scale of 1 to 5,participants rated the importance of energy efficiency as a 4
And support this by…60% use electricity wisely (e.g. off-peak, efficient light bulbs), 20% plan to purchase an electric car in the next 3 years,57% will improve their home appliances for energy efficiency, 40% would modify their home structure to save energy, 54% are willing to change how they heat and cool their homes
They have questions about…Costs How will changing the way we make, move and use energy affect energy costs? Fuel costs are increasing, but new technology is also expensive. What is more effective in the long term? Availability and Reliability How will we be able to keep up with increasing electricity demands as we change how we make, move and use energy?
And believe Canada should…Inform Provide information about: Energy-related economic issues, Ways to save energy and/or reduce costs and How and why Canada’s energy system is changing and evolving Address Concerns Reduce greenhouse gases, care for our planet and

2. Ideas Forum

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.


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
  • Creating a network of electric charging stations around the country to make travel by electric vehicles more viable.


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


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.


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.


You have posted about the need to involve communities in building a cleaner energy future:

  • Incentives for rural communities looking to shift to renewable sources of energy.
  • Community programs that empower local communities to invest in green programs together and become energy distribution hubs.


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
  • Canada needs to find energy mixes that will help the transition to a clean energy future and nuclear can be a sustainable energy source to help that happen.
  • Changes in policies and subsidies to highlight renewable forms of energy will need to happen if Canada wants to meet its Climate Change requirements.
  • Increase the interconnections between provinces to strengthen the electricity grid and allowing interprovincial energy transfer.

3. 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.

NRCan hosted an internal workshop with 40 young professionals from the Government of Canada on the future of Canada’s energy system. The discussion focused on technological advances that will allow renewable electricity sources to play a significant role in Canada’s future low-carbon economy, the role of communities in this energy transition and the responsibilities of the public and private sectors. Learn more.

Officials from NRCan joined the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) and the Government of Alberta in welcoming 30 participants from associations, energy companies and other government organizations to a workshop on the future of Canada’s energy markets. The session tried to address what Canada’s energy markets will look like in 2050, the values that will guide their way and the pathways and guideposts that will help get us to the 2050 vision. Learn more.

Officials from NRCan joined the Canadian Gas Association in bringing together 55 participants from government, civil society, and the private sector to discuss the role of natural gas, both conventional and renewable, in Canada’s energy future. The discussion looked at long-term opportunities and challenges related to the use of natural gas for electricity generation, heating, and transportation.  Learn more.

Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd held a roundtable at the University of New Brunswick where the key issues focused on utilities, electricity grids and energy transmission. The discussion looked at connections between provinces, diversifying our energy mix and key renewable resources for Atlantic Canada, such as Tidal energy.

NRCan partnered with Qalipu First Nation, located in Western and Central Newfoundland, and engaged with its membership in its 9 electoral wards on Generation Energy in early August. Learn more.