While the United States hems and haws over how to get out of the job slump, Canada is moving forward with a plan for economic growth based on energy efficiency. Natural Resources Canada reports that the government of Canada will be investing $78 million over the next two years to create jobs in the energy sector and save Canadians cash on utility bills.
The “Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan” will promote job creation through investments in improved energy efficiency for buildings, industries, vehicles and consumer appliances, as well as cleantech. Initiatives mandated under this plan will implement additional standards, regulations and other measures, including new labeling, benchmarking, training and information sharing tools designed to help Canadians improve energy performance.
“Canadians gave our Government a strong mandate to complete our economic recovery and focus on continued job growth,” said The Honorable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, in a statement. He goes on to note that supporting energy efficiency is an effective way both to create jobs and help save citizens money.
These initiatives will establish a more stringent National Energy Code for Buildings with provinces and territories, implement new energy management system standards for industrial facilities and upgrade new home energy rating systems to include the latest energy efficient tech.