Creating space for transformative conversations

Final results from the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future

February 01, 2018

Energy in Canada has been a difficult conversation. The country’s regions have often struggled to agree on what Canada’s energy future should look like. But that didn’t stop a group of representative citizens from coming to consensus recommendations for Canadian energy policy.

Convened by the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 150 randomly selected citizens were engaged over a series of six cross-country dialogues in September and October. Representing Canada’s diversity, they overcame attitudinal and geographic differences to deliberate recommendations for Canada’s energy policy.

Funded by Natural Resources Canada, the outputs are being used to inform energy policy-makers in the federal government.

Key takeaways included:
  • Citizens overwhelmingly supported a transition to an energy future that achieves a more sustainable and clean environment, while continuing to provide employment and affordable energy
  • Participants emphasized that to be successful, this transition needs to include a transition plan to support communities that will be negatively affected

See other key take-aways and the final report here.

The initiative yielded a deep understanding of how Canadians view energy with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, jobs and international competitiveness. It also demonstrated how dialogue processes can be used to tackle complex public policy issues.

More information:
  • See our op-ed in The Hill Times: "People power: Canadians willing to shell out for clean energy"
  • Join Robin Prest, Program Director, for an Ask Me Anything at Reddit/CanadaPolitics at 12:00 pm (PST) on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
  • Register for our learning webinar, "'Getting to 2050: What Citizens Recommend for Canada's Energy Future", taking place at 9:30 am (PST) on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.