The Government of Canada announced earlier in the week that it is developing the Canadian Centre for Energy Information.
Calling it a “modern and independent energy information system,” the Trudeau government says the centre will use consolidated energy data which allow for better decision making by governments and industry and support higher quality research in the process.
In a press release, the federal government said the Canadian Centre for Energy Information “will provide Canadians with access to independent and credible information and expert analyses on which to base important decisions for their businesses, their communities, and the environment.”
Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, said “The need to improve energy information was recognized by the Generation Energy Council, which proposed pathways for the Government of Canada to move forward toward a strong, clean energy economy.”
According to the press release, the website will offer comprehensive energy information to support the shift to a low-carbon energy future.
“The Canadian Centre for Energy Information will provide Canadians with independent, complete and high- quality energy information to inform their decisions. It will also enhance competitiveness, international trade and investment.”
In Budget 2019, $15.2 million was earmarked for the Centre over the next five years. It will be a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada, where it will be housed. A joint federal-provincial-territorial steering committee will guide the Centre which will also seek advice from Canadians, Indigenous peoples, industry, academics and municipalities.
The Canadian Centre for Energy Information will:
- Compile, reconcile and integrate energy data from various Canadian sources;
- Make data from multiple providers available free of charge on a one-stop, user-friendly website;
- Work collaboratively to harmonize energy definitions, measurements and standards;
- Provide remote access for researchers to microdata on a secure collaboration platform;
- Improve the completeness, coherence and timeliness of Canada’s energy information; and,
- Provide new data products, visualization tools and expert analyses in support of modelling and forecasting.
Statistics Canada says it is working to define new approaches to offer trusted information to Canadians on topics that impact every day life in Canada.
Anil Arora, Chief Statistician with Statistics Canada said “The Canadian Centre for Energy Information demonstrates the value of collaboration.” Arora added “This Centre is designed to serve as the trusted source of energy data and analysis, as well as a clear picture of the energy sector and its role in Canada’s economy and society.”