Some Canadian jurisdictions have shown leadership on the low-carbon transition. For example, British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta have carbon-pricing regimens, Ontario has the Green Energy and Economy Act, and Nova Scotia has a community feed-in-tariff program. Meanwhile, Manitoba and New Brunswick have been recognized as national leaders on energy efficiency.
However, Canada as a whole must do more to accelerate the transition from the economy we have today to the economy we want and need tomorrow. To this end, a Canadian energy strategy, if moved forward with the right objectives, principles and priorities, could be an effective tool to accelerate Canada’s energy transition.
The millions of Canadians who collectively endorsed A New Energy Vision for Canada agreed that any such strategy or framework must meet a series of guiding principles. Following consultations over the past year with a number of organizations working toward a national energy framework for Canada, we have updated these principles, as set out below.