BC and Quebec: Canadian leaders in energy efficiency spending

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BC and Quebec: Canadian leaders in energy efficiency spending

In a recent review of customer energy efficiency programs (excluding natural gas) across Canada undertaken by IndEco on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL), it was discovered that some provinces are spending significantly more per capita than other provinces and territories. The most aggressive pursuer of energy efficiency is British Columbia, spending $36.04/person, followed closely by Quebec with $35.71/person. The lowest per capita spending of provinces with programs and available spending information is the Northwest Territories at $7.13/person.

Below is a ranking of per capita provincial program spending in 2010, from highest to lowest. Note that 2010 program spending data were not available for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, or the Yukon; 2009 data were available for Ontario and used for the per capita spending below. Nunavut does not currently have any energy efficiency programs.

· British Columbia $36.04/person
· Quebec $35.71/person
· Manitoba $26.39/person
· Nova Scotia $24.10/person
· New Brunswick $23.09/person
· Ontario $17.67/person
· Newfoundland and Labrador $12.22/person
· Northwest Territories $7.13/person

The per capita provincial program spending has tended to increase over the 2007-2010 period. For example, Quebec increased per capita spending from $19.12 to $26.00 to $32.48 to $35.71; Newfoundland and Labrador increased per capita spending from $1.77 to $2.13 to $7.51 to $12.22. Nova Scotia nearly doubled per capita spending from 2009-2010, increasing from $12.62 to $24.10.

Those provinces that have decreased per capita spending on energy efficiency and conservation programs have done so by rather small amounts. For example, Manitoba spent $28.84 per person in 2009 and $26.39 per person in 2010, representing a 7% decrease in total spending. The trend across Canada is for increased per capita energy efficiency and conservation program spending each year.

This research was conducted as part of a larger project for the GNL on energy efficiency and conservation programming across Canada. Our reports for this project are available for download below, and are also posted on the GNL website (link below).


If you are interested in learning more about this project or other energy efficiency projects IndEco has completed, please contact Shona Adamson at 416 204-0359 or toll-free at 888-INDECO1 x 359.

This report is a comprehensive overview of the conservation and demand management (CDM), as well as transportation programs available in each Canadian province and territory for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. (262 pages, 10 MB)

This report is a very detailed look at nine programs selected from the programs described in Part A, deemed to be most applicable and valuable to NL as they develop their portfolio of programs for their commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. (102 pages, 3 MB)

This report is a summary of the Part A and Part B reports. (42 pages, 2.4 MB)

Related information

Government of Newfoundland; Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading

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About the Author:

Shona joined IndEco in 2014 as a junior consultant, and worked her way up to President in 2012 before leaving to pursue other opportunities in 2017. While at IndEco, Shona applied her skills to a wide range of client problems, including: designing strategies and programs to deliver energy efficiency, including to customers with special requirements, such as low-income customers; developing strategic energy, climate change, and other types of plans; and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of existing initiatives and recommending how they may be improved.