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Renewable Energy in Canada

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Without taking action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we will have to adapt to a warmer climate. Adaptation is not only difficult, but it has increased costs and results in a greater loss for the environment. Luckily, it’s not too late! We can still tackle climate change, but doing so will require effort from all sectors of society, immediately. 

Electricity that comes from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) make up around 9% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The source of our electricity matters. For example, if we want electric vehicles to have a positive impact, then we MUST ensure the electricity powering these cars is coming from a renewable source. 

Did You Know?

Canada is looking to electrify our transportation sector and aims to have 100% zero emission vehicles by the year 2040!

Where Are We Now?

Canada has tremendous potential to be a leader in renewable electricity generation from a variety of sources. In Canada, 67% of our electricity already comes from renewable sources. Each province and territory varies in its use of renewable energy, based on the topography of the environment and the governmental policies in place. Luckily, obtaining energy from renewable sources is becoming more efficient and less expensive, resulting in many exciting projects taking place across the country. We will need continued innovation, investments, and support from all sectors to keep moving forward in our path to renewable energy. 

61.1

Hydroelectricity

19.1

Fossil Fuels

14.6

Nuclear

5.2

Solar & Wind

How Can I Adopt Renewable Electricity?

Do you want to learn how you can adopt renewable electricity and reduce your consumption? Whether you are a homeowner, renter, business owner, or municipality then you can be part of this transition to renewables. Since electricity is provided differently across Canada, please select the province or territory you call home on the map below.

Map of renewable electricity in Canada

Please Select Your Province or Territory

Renewables [%]
0-25     25-50     50-95     99