Canada Set to Become a Member of the International Renewable Energy Agency

News release

May 24, 2018—Ottawa—Natural Resources Canada

A world leader in the production and use of renewable energy, Canada believes in the power of international partnership to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy and improve Canadians’ access to this $1-trillion clean tech market.

Speaking today at the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen, Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced that Canada is set to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) — the world's largest intergovernmental organization driving the deployment of sustainable renewable energy.

As a member country, Canada will benefit from increased awareness of renewables’ potential; the challenges and opportunities associated with the large-scale penetration of renewables in all regions of Canada; international trade opportunities for Canadian clean tech companies; and international recognition of Canada’s leadership role in renewable energy.

Since IRENA’s creation in 2011, Canada has participated in several joint studies, reports and international events on a number of topical issues facing the further deployment of renewables.


“Canada and IRENA have the shared objectives of promoting the widespread deployment and sustainable use of renewable energy. Renewable energy presents tremendous economic opportunities for Canada and will result in investments, good middle-class jobs for Canadians and a cleaner planet for future generations. I am pleased that Canada will begin the process of formalizing our long-standing and robust partnership with IRENA and continue our work with member countries to grow renewable energy internationally.”

Jim Carr
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • Clean energy offers as much as a $1-trillion global investment opportunity per year to 2050.

  • Over two-thirds of Canada’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources, and solar and wind are the fastest-growing sources of electricity in the country.

  • IRENA is an inter-governmental treaty organization mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

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Alexandre Deslongchamps
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

Media Relations
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