While the energy sector plays a significant role in Atlantic Canada and in the rest of the country, it can be difficult to find information on Canada’s energy system. Conflicting data is published by a variety of sources to serve different purposes, which poses a challenge for those seeking consistent and trusted information.

The Canadian Centre for Energy Information, a virtual centre for energy information, seeks to change this.

The centre is being developed by Statistics Canada in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, the Canada Energy Regulator, Environment and Climate Change Canada, along with provincial and territorial energy ministries.

“The objective of this multi-year federal initiative is to create a one-stop shop for independent and trusted energy information, and to support evidence-based discussions, government policy development, and business decisions regarding the energy sector and its impact on the economy, society and the environment,” said Mary Beth Garneau, director of the centre.

“With ambitious targets, we are building the virtual centre piece by piece, prioritizing the work based on user needs. We launched a user-centric website that provides access to more than 550 energy-information products from over 80 different sources, including governments, industry, academia, and international sources,” Garneau said.

The website is being continually updated with new features and information, including data that can be segregated by province and energy type.

The centre welcomes inquiries and suggestions, Garneau said, including on how it can better present data to support and inform policy and investment decisions, as well as day-to-day activities in the energy sector.

The centre can be contacted at statcan.ccei-ccie.statcan@canada.ca.