Canada Invests in Research to Find Energy Efficiencies and Reduce Pollution

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April 25, 2019— Toronto, Ontario— Natural Resources Canada

One of the greatest opportunities for Canada is the shift toward clean growth. Smarter energy use boosts competitiveness, lowers costs, maximizes profits and helps protect our environment. Energy efficiency research and innovation are key to Canada’s approach to a clean energy future.

Member of Parliament for Don Valley East, Yasmin Ratansi, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $50,000 investment to study utility companies’ regulations and policies to find innovative ways to manage energy demand and reduce emissions.  

With funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Efficiency Program, QUEST and Pollution Probe — two leading Canadian non-profit organizations — have partnered to review information from provincial and territorial energy policy makers, electricity and natural gas utilities, and regulators, as well as data from international energy experts. This study will help Canada understand the challenges and opportunities faced by utility companies and help determine the best ways to transition to a low-carbon economy.

Through Generation Energy, Canada's national energy dialogue, Canadians told us they want to see our country continuing to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. Canada will continue to support innovative projects that create jobs, improve industry competitiveness, cut pollution and act on climate change.


“By studying the challenges and opportunities facing Canadian and international utility companies, we can find innovative ways to embrace energy efficiencies and reduce pollution. Pollution Probe and QUEST’s research is an important step to inform Canada’s ongoing transition to a low-carbon future.”

Yasmin Ratansi
Member of Parliament for Don Valley East 

“Moving to a lower emissions energy system in an effective and equitable way will require both innovative technologies as well as new business and regulatory practices. By providing a space for dialogue on this important issue, this work will help Canadian jurisdictions start to more effectively move to a lower emissions energy system.”

Richard Carlson
Director of Energy, Pollution Probe

“This Discussion Paper is the first step in documenting the energy transition taking place in Canada and our vision for supporting its evolution. The next step in this research will be to develop a smart energy policy roadmap that will balance the need for fast-paced innovation with prudent regulation.”

Tonja Leach
Executive Director, QUEST

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