Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Research & Development and Money Spent in Energy Efficiency Programs

I have a client who is looking for the following information: 

“I was trying to find at StatsCan if they have the numbers of how much of R&D is being spent in Energy Efficiency programs and what programs, if possible, segregated by province. I found a general expenditures table (, but I wanted to find something more specific on the provinces and programs as well. Do you think this kind of information is available?”

Answer from DLI:

Good question.  I hope StatCan is gathering this from different sources.  I noticed that the federal government reports on this, but this excludes non federal government R & D investments.

In case you run into roadblocks, Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) is the Government of Canada's co-ordinator of energy research and development (R&D) activities. [] Please see the reports / publications to the right.  This will exclude other funders. 

I don’t know if this next source is overly narrow I think because it includes only NRCan as a funder but it breaks down into technology areas [] and by Locations (provinces).  On the other hand, I’m not sure there are other targeted energy efficiency R & D programs. 

Answer from Subject Matter:

“No – we do not provide any detail on energy-related R&D expenditures at the provincial/territorial level.

Table 27-10-0347-01 does provide a breakdown by area of technology.  This is the lowest level of detail we provide for energy-related R&D expenditure data.”