Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity

Canada is a global leader in using renewable electricity to power our homes, businesses and economy. With more than 65 percent of our electricity coming from renewable energy, we are a leader amongst the G7 group of countries.

The story of renewable electricity powering the Canadian economy is almost as old as the country itself; in 1881, the Ottawa Electric Light Company built the first Canadian hydropower facility at Chaudière Falls.

Yet with so much potential, the most compelling story about Canadian renewable electricity has yet to be written.

Now the rest of the world is shifting to renewable electricity. From the United States to Europe to Africa and Asia, global investment in new renewable electricity capacity now outpaces fossil fuel sources. Technological innovation continues to drive down costs, and unlike fossil fuels, there’s no fuel cost.

The wind, water, oceans and sun provide an inexhaustible supply of renewable fuel to power our economy.

Ensuring our electricity grid is powered by clean, renewable energy offers a key climate change solution. And the more we electrify our economy—from buildings, to industry, to transportation—with renewable resources, the faster and deeper we can cut greenhouse gas pollution and ensure Canada stands out as a climate change leader.

With abundant and diverse renewable electricity resources distributed across the country, Canada has the potential to lead the world.

And when Canada leads, Canada wins.

“Providing more than 60% of Canada’s clean and renewable electricity, hydropower is the backbone of our electricity system and a critical asset in reaching our national deep decarbonisation objectives.”

-Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President, WaterPower Canada


The Council

In 2015, a group of four industry associations together established the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity to educate and engage Canadians about the opportunity to expand the production and use of renewable electricity across the country. An initiative of Canada’s leading, national renewable electricity associations, the Council will work to build public support for increased development of our abundant renewable electricity resources in order to further decarbonize North America’s energy system.

The founding members of the Council are WaterPower Canada, Marine Renewables Canada, Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). CanWEA and CanSIA unified into the Canadian Renewable Energy Association on July 1, 2020.

“With abundant wave, tidal, and river resources, Canada is poised to benefit from the emerging marine renewable energy industry at home and in the growing global marketplace.”

-Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada


Our Members

The members of the Council are the
WaterPower Canada, Canadian Renewable Energy Association, and Marine Renewables Canada.

To view detailed information on each of the Council members, select a link below.

“Solar energy, wind energy and energy storage are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs.”

-Robert Hornung, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association



The wind, water, waves and sun provide an inexhaustible supply of free fuel to power our economy. With abundant and diverse renewable electricity resources distributed across the country, Canada has the potential to lead the world.

To view detailed information on each of the renewable resources, select an icon below:


Hydro Energy

Waterpower provides more than 60% of Canada’s electricity making us the fourth largest waterpower generator in the world, ensuring our electricity grid is one of the cleanest globally.

Hydroelectricity produces no air pollutants and has ultra-low greenhouse gas emissions. From a full life cycle assessment basis, Canada’s hydropower is amongst the lowest emitting resources available.


Marine Energy

Over the next twenty-five years, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product (GDP)

Canada has the highest tides in the world, with 160 billion tonnes of seawater flowing into the Bay of Fundy during a tide – comparatively, that is 25x more volume than flows over Niagara Falls in the same 6 hour interval.


Solar Energy

Solar energy costs have declined 89% since 2009.

There are more than 43,000 solar energy installations in Canada.


Wind Energy

Wind power in Canada produces enough electricity to power the equivalent to over 3 million average Canadian homes.

Wind energy: the largest source of new electricity generation in Canada for over a decade.