How keen are Canadians for climate action in these extraordinarily trying times? New survey results from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program and Nanos Research suggest that enthusiasm may be on the rise, despite the unprecedented fiscal, economic, and health situation.
As we look forward to the speech from the throne, there is no shortage of ideas to help with the rebuild. Research from Positive Energy on the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities can offer lessons for leaders as they shift their focus to longer-term supports for workers and industries reshaped by COVID-19. The research examined aspects of the task force’s activities that could help depolarize Canada’s climate and energy dialogue.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior and emerging energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
What is Canadians' appetite for climate action in the context of COVID-19? A new round of survey work from Positive Energy and Nanos Research suggests that a majority of Canadians say this is a good rather than a bad time to be ambitious about climate change even if there are costs to the economy. Opinions are polarized on the issue, however, so decision-makers will need to understand how to navigate polarization to successfully chart Canada’s energy future.