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The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy Will Enhance the Lives of All Canadians

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

The transition to a clean energy economy will enhance the lives of all Canadians by providing a domestic energy system fuelled by profitable clean energy generation and supported by a strong manufacturing base. This will result in a balance across all industries between the amount of emissions produced and those removed from the atmosphere, leading to net-zero emissions.


Renewable energy sources can provide affordable, reliable energy without producing harmful emissions. Canadian clean energy innovation and manufacturing create jobs, improve community resilience, and bolster national security.


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is committed to advancing clean energy technologies and transitioning Canada to a clean energy economy to enhance economic growth, energy independence, and the health and well-being of the Canadian people.


The federal government is making unprecedented investments in our renewable energy future through initiatives such as the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and the Canada Infrastructure Bank. EERE funds research and development to drive down the costs of clean energy and improve energy efficiency.


Transitioning the nation to 100% clean energy comes with challenges and opportunities. EERE is working with federal partners, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, nonprofit and community organizations, small businesses and corporations, industry, academia, and utilities to address challenges and opportunities in the following areas:


Why Is Clean Energy Important?

Providing all Canadians with affordable clean energy, especially those in underserved and low-income communities, has an immediate and tangible impact on their daily lives.


Innovation

Innovation

Advancing renewable-energy, energy-efficient, and sustainable-transportation technologies will transform Canadian communities and spur economic opportunity.


Job Creation and Growth

Clean energy research, innovation, and deployment creates jobs and supports the growth of Canadian businesses.


Environmental Impacts

Renewable energy has fewer harmful environmental impacts than conventional energy does and can reduce the impacts of climate change.


healthy, clean energy

Health and Safety

Transitioning to clean energy protects every Canadian's fundamental human right to a clean, healthy environment.


Energy Independence and Security

Clean energy in Canada will reduce the need to rely on other countries for energy or energy technologies.


Energy Reliability

Using more renewable energy resources—solar, water, wind, geothermal, and bioenergy—and energy storage gives us more ways to keep the power on or bring it back after an outage.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

STEM education and expertise are building blocks of the clean energy workforce. Diversity in STEM ensures a variety of perspectives, which supports greater innovation and Canadian competitiveness.


Domestic Manufacturing and Competitiveness

Producing Canadian-made clean energy technologies is the fastest, most effective, and most lucrative pathway to a renewable energy future in Canada.


Resilience

A modern electric grid that incorporates renewable energy sources can support reliable power under harsh weather, cyber threats, and dynamic grid conditions.

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