Canada finally has a new, consolidated source of data about energy in our country. The Canadian Energy Information Portal launched in August – bringing together “reliable government data on Canada’s energy mix, including electricity, renewable energy and oil and gas.” The portal, housed at Statistics Canada, was developed in partnership with the National Energy Board, Natural Resources Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada , and according to the August 26 press release , “will be guided by a joint federal-provincial-territorial steering committee and will seek advice from Canadians, Indigenous peoples, industry, academics and municipalities.” The new website offers an interactive dashboard, maps, data and analysis regarding the following topics: Clean technology; Economic accounts; Energy efficiency; Energy markets; Greenhouse gas emissions; Imports and exports; Investment and research; Labour; Prices; Sustainable Development Goals; and Transportation. One example:
$15.2 million over five years was set aside in Budget 2019 to support the new Centre, in response to long-standing acknowledgement that Canada’s energy data collection has been fragmented and inefficient – for example, in a 2017 report by the Canadian Energy Research Institute, and the 2018 Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Rethinking Canada’s Energy Information System: Collaborative Models In a Data-Driven Economy .
Two new articles provide history and context for the new data initiative, and emphasize the potential for accessible, reliable, impartial energy data and information to improve the polarized and sometimes misinformed energy policy discussions in Canada: “How the launch of the Canadian Energy Information Centre could fill major gaps in energy data” in The National Observer (September 5) , and “Canada’s Energy Data Problem” in Policy Options in July.