This year’s federal budget must consider how to help Canadians with the rising cost of living while continuing to take action on climate change to achieve net-zero emissions and reduce fossil fuel use, especially given our economy’s vulnerability to future price increases. Energy efficiency is a way to make progress on both affordability and climate objectives.
The federal government announced Greener Homes grants are winding down and hinted at future directions to support energy retrofits. Long-term consistent support for energy retrofits is needed.
The next budget could demonstrate to all Canadians that climate action has the ability to enhance affordability by creating a Home Energy Affordability Assistance Program for low-to-moderate-income Canadians.
The Canadian Electricity Advisory Council (CEAC) was established in May 2023 with a 12-month mandate to provide independent advice to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources in order to accelerate investment in and promote sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy systems.
This report tracks energy efficiency program outcomes in Canada, providing resources to policymakers and energy efficiency professionals.