Canadian Energy Strategy Discussions

Every jurisdiction across the country has different energy sources and uses, unique energy needs and priorities, and brings valuable expertise to the table. All provinces and territories share an interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, conservation, and research and innovation. 

By working together, provinces and territories can create jobs and grow their economies, build manufacturing opportunities, and encourage the development of innovative energy solutions that will promote a sustainable energy future. Such collaboration between jurisdictions will build on Canada’s role as a world leader in energy.

At the 55th Annual Premiers’ Conferenceexternal link icon in August of 2014, Premiers discussed the Canadian Energy Strategy (CES) and were pleased to report that all provinces and territories are now participating in the development of the Strategy. The Premiers agreed to some improvements in the CES Vision and Principles that were agreed to in 2013.

A Progress Report on the Canadian Energy Strategyexternal link iconPDF icon was presented by the co-chair premiers of Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador on July 25, 2013 at the Council of the Federation (COF) Annual Summer Meetingexternal link icon in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. 

Cross-provincial and territorial teams are working on the strategy’s 10 areas of focus, which have been collected together into three larger working groups:

  • Sustainability and Conservation (led by Manitoba);
    • Promoting Energy Efficiency and Conservation

    • Transition to a Lower Carbon Economy

    • Enhance Energy Information and Awareness

  • Technology and Innovation  (led by Newfoundland and Labrador); and
    • Accelerate the development and deployment of energy research and technologies that advance more efficient production, transmission and use of clean and conventional energy sources

    • Develop and implement strategies to meet energy sector workforce needs now and in the future

    • Facilitate the development of renewable, green and/or cleaner energy sources to meet future demand and contribute to environmental goals and priorities

  • Delivering Energy to People (led by Alberta).
    • Develop and enhance a modern, reliable, environmentally safe, and efficient series of transmission and transportation networks for domestic and export/import sources of energy

    • Improve the timeliness and certainty of regulatory approval decision-making processes while maintaining rigorous protection of the environment and public interest

    • Promote Market Diversification

    • Pursue formalized participation of provinces and territories in international discussions and negotiations on energy

The Government of Alberta has established a Canadian Energy Strategy Secretariat to lead the initiative through work with the provinces and has officials participating on all ten teams.

At the same time Premiers of Alberta and British Columbia announced a working group led by the two top energy officials from each province to develop recommendations related to energy exports and opening new export markets.

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