Throne speech laid down markers for a clean and caring economy

Although the speech was short on details, fiscal tools at Ottawa’s disposal to make that economy a reality

A key goal laid out in the federal government’s recent speech from the throne was to “build back better to create a stronger, more resilient Canada.” In our view, “building back better” must include placing growing clean industries (such as electric vehicle manufacturing and zero-carbon power generation) at the centre of Canada’s industrial policy. At the same time, our social contract must be rejuvenated to take care of our young and old with affordable and accessible childcare and long-term care. The sketch provided by the throne speech suggests the government is on the right track – but it did not explain how we will be able to afford the significant investments needed to make the vision into a reality. Those details will be revealed in an upcoming budget or economic statement, but there are a number of fiscal tools at Ottawa’s disposal to make a clean and caring economy a reality.

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Plugging in to energy efficiency key to electrifying Canada’s economy

Putting energy efficiency at heart of Canada's recovery strategy will create green building and EV-manufacturing jobs

We asked Canada's thought leaders to weigh in with ideas for how the government should spend stimulus money as part of a Green Recovery. To read the entire report series, head to Planning for Green Recovery.


Canada can decarbonize its power grid by 2025, electrify home heat and personal vehicles, and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions – but only with energy efficiency at the centre of the strategy. Today, Canada’s largely clean grid supplies less than 25% of Canada’s energy. The rest comes mostly from natural gas and oil, to heat and power buildings and vehicles. That’s why efficiency is the key to electrification.

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