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Pan-Canadian Framework Recommendations  PDF

By CEEA, Pembina Institute and TAF, Aug. 14, 2017

Summary: The submission to Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, and Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna is a joint effort by CEEA, Pembina and TAF and seven other organizations to support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Recommendations aim to help transform the built environment to one that is ultra-energy efficient and low carbon. Ideas include a call for a net-zero energy-ready model building code by 2030, accelerating retrofits and emissions reductions in existing buildings, and a  a new public financing authority focussed on energy efficiency and building renewal. The letter was also signed by Architecture Canada, Council for Clean Capitalism, MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, Équiterre, Passive House Canada, Association Québécoise pour la Maîtrise de l’Énergie and Sustainable Buildings Canada.

Submission to the Global Affairs Canada on Renegotiating NAFTA PDF

By CEEA, July 18, 2017

Summary: With the goal of  protecting and enhancing trade in professional services, CEEA’s recommendations include:  creating a permit class that involves a limited time to work in U.S. (e.g. allows for meetings with clients, but not for day-to-day tasks); and for advanced online authorization that can be approved in two days. As well, CEEA continues to advocate for updates to support collaboration on technical standards and harmonize regulations and other requirements so manufacturers need only go through certification once and gain access to North American markets and beyond.

Engaging Millennials  PDF

By CEEA and IESO, April 19, 2017

Summary: The report examines the attitudes of millennials and how energy efficiency program design can be more effective for this important demographic, it is also intended to support Ontario’s Conservation First Framework. The key takeaways are realistic actions for IESO, Ontario local distribution companies and other IESO partners to implement. Recommendations include: audience groups are not homogeneous, so various life stages within a group must be taken into consideration;  the advent of smart phones means programs must be mobile friendly because millennials are never far from their phones; and “save” may be discounted by millennials, because they consume information differently.


Submission to the Ontario LTEP Review 2016 PDF

By CEEA, December 16, 2016

Summary: CEEA’s recommendations include:  Climate change and energy conservation efforts work together; consideration be given to organizational simplicity and citizen needs be considered a priority; competitiveness of Ontario businesses must be part of the mix; and deep energy retrofits be encouraged in both the residential and commercial/industrial markets.

Letter to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Treasury Board of Canada PDF

By CEEA, December 9, 2016

Summary: CEEA’s letter on how energy efficiency can play a leading role in Canada’s action on climate change features two recommendations. The first is for new federal buildings to have a net-zero ready standard and the second is for existing federal buildings to use Energy Star Portfolio Manager for energy benchmarking.

Federal Building Policy Recommendations PDF

By CEEA, August 3, 2016

Summary: An action plan for energy-efficient buildings, the recommendations are for the federal climate change portal and are a joint effort which includes CEEA, Pembina and TAF, along with the support of leaders from the building community.

Submission on Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan PDF

By CEEA, June 15, 2016

Summary: CEEA’s recommendations include continuing to ensure that Conservation First remains a fundamental goal of the LTEP; better integration of conservation and climate programs into some form of single access point for Ontarians; and that future conservation and climate mitigation programs must be aligned with generation programs (renewables).

Letter to Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change PDF

By CEEA, May 31,2016

Summary: CEEA’s submission Toward a Low-Carbon, Energy Efficient Canada is for the federal government’s online portal Let’s Talk Climate Action which invites Canadians to participate in Canada’s approach to climate change. Recommendations include: Set an ambitious goal to improve Canada’s energy productivity by 2030; ensure the federal government is a leader by proposing more aggressive energy codes for buildings with a long-term goal of net-zerobuildings and homes; and provide a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit to assist with the cost of improvements to the energy efficiency of a home and tie it to the EnerGuide Rating System.

Letter to Environmental Commissioner of Ontario PDF

By CEEA, March 9, 2016

Summary:  A letter in encouraging mandatory home energy labelling/disclosure at point of sale for home buyers. CEEA believes it will help home buyers understand how to improve energy efficiency in the home.

Letter to the Federal Minister of Natural Resources PDF

By CEEA, January 5, 2016

Summary: In anticipation of the government returning to Ottawa at the end of January and the next federal budget being set in March, we recommended the following actions for the new federal government’s consideration:

  • Ensure the Renewal of the Canadian Office of Energy Efficiency
  • Invest in Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits
  • Clarify Tax Treatment of Energy Improvements in Commercial and Industrial Buildings
  • Ensure the Federal Government Leads by Example
  • Taking Care of Canada’s First People

Letter to the Federal Minister of Finance PDF

Letter to the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change PDF

Letter to Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs PDF


Letter to Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley PDF

By CEEA, December 16, 2015

Summary: CEEA has written a congratulatory letter to the Premier of Alberta and Minister Phillips for spear heading Alberta’s effort to address the province’s contribution to climate change through smart, economically efficient policies.

Letter to Prime Minister Designate Justin Trudeau PDF

By CEEA, October 26, 2015

Summary: The congratulatory letter outlines CEEA’s hope for a new energy policy that will meet climate change goals; reduce energy costs for businesses and home owners; as well as create jobs and sell Canadian services and products at home and abroad. CEEA lists five recommendations including renewing the Office of Energy Efficiency; investing in home energy efficiency retrofits; adopting Amendment 13 of Canada’s Energy Efficiency Act; a tax proposal to stimulate the adoption of higher energy efficiency products and services; and ensure the federal government leads by example with its treatment of federal buildings.

Submission to B.C. Government for Developing its Climate Action Strategy  PDF

By CEEA, September 14, 2015

Summary: The submission for B.C.’s Climate Action 2.0 strategy calls for government financing mechanisms, research on building energy reporting as in California and Massachusetts and climate change adaptation to be included in the Building Act. Other strategies to be considered include province-wide reporting and benchmarking of the energy and emissions performance of multi-unit residential and single-family homes.

Submission to Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations PDF

Summary: The submission to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change calls for building benchmarking, procurement models that consider net present value of energy conservation projects, promotion of energy audits and home labeling, and a home renovation tax credit that would also generate revenue by combating the underground market for renovations.


Comments on Implementing On-Bill Financing in Ontario PDF

By CEEA, September 30, 2014

Summary: The submission to the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Conservation and Renewable Energy Division, includes a call for upfront market research to define the Ontario market segments for OBF; a recommendation to combine gas and electricity energy savings opportunities, with lending activities undertaken by third-party financial institutions; and asks to explore areas for efficiencies in other jurisdictions or existing programs.

Submission by CEEA to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance PDF

By CEEA, August 6, 2014

Summary: The submission for 2014 pre-budget consultations makes the economic case for energy efficiency, highlights the importance of energy efficiency to the national agenda and recommends maintaining the Office of Energy Efficiency within NRCan.
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CEEA Survey 2014: Canadian Business Attitudes on Energy Efficiency PPT  PDF

By The Gandalf Group, May 5, 2014

Summary: Interviews with business owners, architects and builders show the business community is willing to reduce their energy footprint, but more is needed to make them take action. A majority  of Canadian businesses (61%) report energy cost increases in the past year, but only 27% believe they are doing all they can to save energy. One of the key reasons is initial cost — 41% say costs have prevented them from boosting their organization’s energy efficiency. Interestingly, while incentives are appealing, the survey does show that 61% would support more stringent energy efficiency codes in building codes, even if it raised the cost of real estate. Those that have invested in energy savings with upfront costs mostly invested in lighting and improved heating and air.
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Submission by CEEA to the CRTC relating to energy efficient set top boxes

By CEEA, April 29, 2014

Summary: CEEA comments on  requests for licence renewals of pay-per-view systems, including Shaw Pay Per View, Bell Express Vu and Videotron. The submission highlights the need for licensees to educate consumers on energy efficiency. CEEA calls for making ENERGY STAR® set top boxes available to customers as well as advice on how to reduce electricity costs by using a set top box more efficiently.

All Energy Conference Presentation: Making Energy Efficiency Work

By CEEA, April 9, 2014

Summary: CEEA CEO Elizabeth McDonald’s presentation for a panel at the All Energy conference highlights best practices for energy efficiency programs and initiatives, including opportunities for job creation and CEEA’s federal tax policy initiative.

Scope of Work Review of Nova Scotia’s Electricity Future

By CEEA, February 8, 2014

Summary: The submission explains why conservation is a critical first principal for the government of Nova Scotia’s Energy Future undertaking. It discusses the importance of Energy Efficiency Nova Scotia and the energy savings that are possible in Canada’s commercial building sector. As well it highlights the desire of Canadians to conserve more.


Présentation à la Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques du Québec

Par CEEA, le 10 octobre 2013

Submission to Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan Review and Response to Conservation First Document

By CEEA, September 16, 2013

Priorities for Energy Efficiency Market Development: CEEA’s National Advocacy Plan

By CEEA, September 16, 2013

Priorités pour le développement des marchés de l’efficacité énergétique : Plan de plaidoyer national de l’Alliance de l’efficacité énergétique du Canada

Par CEEA, le 16 septembre 2013

Energy Efficiency & Canadians: Opinion Research for CEEA PPT | PDF

By The Gandalf Group, April 12, 2013

Executive Summary


CEEA’s National Energy Efficiency Report Card


CEEA’s National Energy Efficiency Report Card